BOONE — A group of Watauga High School students participated in an organized Climate Strike by walking out of school on Dec. 6 while other students across the nation did the same.
Students were called to action by the Sunrise Movement — a national group of young people asking peers to make climate change an urgent priority. WHS student Galen Miller, co-founder of the Boone Sunrise Movement hub, met with a crowd of students outside of the high school to rally against what he said was a lack of action on climate change.
“As young people, we say ‘enough,’” Miller said. “It’s time for us to take back our government through strong, unified, political actions.”
Sunrise Boone, along with the Sunrise Movement as a whole, advocates for the Green New Deal — a plan to move the American society to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2030. WHS students who are eligible to vote were encouraged to vote for political officials who championed the Green New Deal.
“We’ll show them that if they don’t do what we need, we’ll vote them out,” Miller said.
Students with parental permission then traveled to Howard Street to meet with community members and Appalachian State University students involved with the Climate Action Collaborative. The group then marched to the downtown Boone Post Office, where Miller, Emma Strange from the Watauga County Democrats and newly elected Boone Town Council member Nancy LaPlaca spoke about climate change.
Sunrise Boone meets monthly, and notifications about meetings can be found on the group’s Instagram feed at SunriseBooneNC or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.