6,000 climate strikers gather in St. Paul
Pat Sweeney | Sep 20, 2019 AT 4:28 pm
A crowd estimated by police at 6,000 gathered at Minnesota’s Capitol building in St. Paul as part of a global wave of mass protests to demand action against climate change.
Some of the young people who skipped school Friday to participate were inspired by the work of activists like Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who launched the climate strike movement and will speak at the United Nations on Monday.
Others said the protest was also about advocating for racial justice and equity in climate-related policy.
Organizers demanded legislation at the state and local level to reverse climate change.
A large crowd of young people also demonstrated outside City Hall in Duluth.
Another protest was scheduled in Fargo.