Millions hit the streets for global climate change strike – live updates – CBS News

Thousands join in near Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office

Climate Strike

Google employees hold signs outside of their offices before marching to join others in a climate strike rally at City Hall Friday, September 20, 2019, in San Francisco.

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In San Francisco, thousands rallied near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at the Federal Building at Seventh and Market streets. Protesters took off marching down Market Street at about 10:30 a.m. chanting, “climate change has got to go” and “climate justice now,” CBS San Francisco reports.

They marched to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office at 1 Post Street and they plan to return to the Federal Building for a rally. Traffic and Muni service was blocked along a large segment of Market Street.

Organizers for the San Francisco action said that they are calling on Pelosi and Feinstein to back the Green New Deal, an ambitious climate action plan introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez of New York.

They are also calling on corporations like Bank of America, Amazon and PG&E to divest from the fossil fuel industry and improve their own reliance on renewable energy sources.

Many students from Oakland schools were attending the rally on field trips, district spokesperson John Sasaki said.

Students are also expected to walk out of the University of California at Berkeley. As of about 11 a.m. PT, they were gathering at Sproul Plaza.

Students participating said that dire forecasts of rising global temperatures made them fearful of the consequences if there is not immediate action.

“I’m scared for our future, if we even have one,” said Otto, a 13-year-old student from San Francisco.


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