UC Davis Represents in Global Climate Strike

More than 200 students and others rallied and marched last Friday (Sept. 27) to demand action on climate change, showing UC Davis’ solidarity with demonstrations that occurred a week earlier around the world.

“We would have done it last week, had school been back in session,” said Megan Phelps, chair of the Climate Reality Project Campus Corps at UC Davis. She and the other organizers, though, were determined to have UC Davis represent. And it did, on the very last day of the Global Climate Strike, which officially ran from Sept. 20 to 27, Phelps noted.

“I think people are ready for action,” she said at the conclusion of the UC Davis strike.

Phelps and Malia Helms, president of the Zero Waste and Sustainability Club, led chants all through the event, which started as a rally on the Quad at about 11:30 a.m. Participants set off on the day’s planned march into downtown Davis at noon, taking Third Street and then B Street to the northwest corner of Central Park. There, at the busy intersection of Russell Boulevard and B, the activists chanted and waved signs until the rally ended at 12:30 p.m.

The Young Democratic Socialists of America at UC Davis joined the Climate Realty Project Campus Corps and the Zero Waste and Sustainability Club in sponsoring the event.

Female student holds sign, leads chant amid crowd.
Organizer Malia Helms holds a sign and leads a chant during the climate strike on the Quad, Friday (Sept. 27).

Here are more scenes from the UC Davis climate strike, accompanied by chants heard that day:

Climate strikers hold banner, "Climate Strike," green letters.
“Climate. Action. Climate. Action. Climate action, now!”
Climate strike participants holding signs.
“Our planet, our future.”
Climate striker, female, holds sign, "Respect, Love & Protect Our Mother (Earth)."
“Now’s the time to organize. Give our youth better lives.”
Climate strikers include one with a bee headdress.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho: Fossil fuels have got to go.”
Climate strikers hold a sign and flowers.
“No more coal, no more oil. Keep your carbon in the soil.”
Climate striker holds sign, "Science, not fiction."
“Stop denying our world is dying.”

Photos by Joe Lapp and Gregory Urquiaga/Video by Joe Lapp
Office of Strategic Communications/UC Davis

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