Pali Students JoinGlobal Climate Strike Rally

Palisades Charter High School students led a climate protest rally on Friday, September 15. Photos by Rich Schmitt

September 15, 2023, Circling the News: Palisades Charter High School students stood up for the Earth and the environment on Friday, September 15, holding a Youth Climate Rally adjacent to the Village Green.

“We refuse not to act,” protest leader Carter Yean said to the crowd. “This situation terrifies me. It should terrify every single one of you! Because it is our future. And we are here to take it back!”

The demonstration for climate justice, also held a year ago at the same location, was aligned with Fridays for Future strikes around the world.

More than 50 students, a few residents and members of the PaliHi marching band left the high school after school let out, and walked up Radcliffe Avenue to Swarthmore Avenue, which was closed off for a half-block at Sunset Boulevard.

Pali’s HRW Student Task Force co-president Clementine Causse led protesters through chants.

Students lined up along Sunset, holding various hand-drawn signs that received many approving honks and thumbs-up from passing motorists.

“Save Her [Mother Earth], Before It’s Too Late,” Pali Ambassador Heaven Martin’s sign read. Other signs included “Your Planet Needs Your Help,” “I’m Sure Dinosaurs Thot They Had Time Too,” “Make Humanity Sustainable,” “Planet Over Profits,” “Eat Plants, Plant Trees.”

Meanwhile, Pali Green Club president Eva Engel, Pali’s HRW Student Task Force co-president Clementine Causse and others used a megaphone to channel everyone’s energy and lead them in chants to the beat of Pali’s drum section. These chants included:

  • “No more coal, no more oil! Keep your climate in the soil!”
  • “What do we want?” “Climate justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”
  • “Climate change is not a lie, Do not let our planet die!”
  • “We’re youth united, We’re not going to be defeated!”

Engel told Circling the News, “Our planet is under attack. We’re going to stand up and fight back.”

And they are not simply demonstrating. In fact, since 2021, students have been actively working at Pali to increase energy efficiency on campus, transition to renewable energy and introduce climate education across curriculum.

Read the complete Circling the News article by student Chaz Plager online. 

Motorists honked approval at the signs made by students.
Pali senior Carter Yean led the demonstration.
Students held signs in support of climate action.

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