#FridaysForFuture: “We need to get adults to stop Tweeting and start acting” — Albuquerque 7th grader speaking truth to power on Friday #ActOnClimate

From The New Mexico Political Report (Laura Paskus). Click through and read the whole article. Laura is also a good photographer so check out her gallery. Here’s an excerpt:

Friday afternoon, Albuquerque middle and high school students took over a corner of the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Field—and then a busy intersection nearby—to demand action on climate change.

Alyssa Ruiz from Sandia High School told the crowd that while the United States plans to spend more than a billion dollars building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, the Trump administration’s proposed budget for 2020 cuts spending on renewable energy. “When will our future be considered a national emergency?” she asked.

Katie Butler, a 17-year-old student from La Cueva High School, was among the co-organizers of the School Strike for Climate Action. “This isn’t about politics,” she said. Rather, climate change is a human rights issue.

And seventh grader Eliott Patton expressed the frustration echoed by many of the teens at the protest. “We need to get adults to stop Tweeting,” she told the crowd, “and start acting.”

Greta Thunberg via Twitter