Millennium Park is usually packed with tourists gathered to take photos of their reflection in Cloud Gate. But last Friday, Adrian Ostrow had other plans.
Ostrow led a group of demonstrators, made up of around thirty students from Chicago Chapter of Fridays for Future – a local, non-profit organization run by young people and part of the international community The Fridays for Future movement started by Greta Thunberg, in which students skip school on Fridays to demand “urgent action” on the global climate crisis.
Ostrow organized the climate strike in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., in conjunction with other chapters rallying around the world.
âClimate activists are organizing strikes around the world, fighting for the same thing: to stop the climate crisis,â Ostrow said. âThis event is important because the climate crisis is already here in Chicago in so many different ways. â¦ If we don’t stop the future of the climate crisisâ¦ then everything will go to hell, basically. “
British in second year Branden Smith and Gerson Matias-Ryan also attended the strike.
âSince I was a child, I have been constantly exposed through documentaries, books, other events that I have attendedâ¦ on all the dangers of climate change and the threats to all mankind,â said Matias-Ryan. “It’s really frustrating to talk about it all the time, but the people in charge, the people at the top, don’t want to do anything about it.”
Ostrow said he hopes to grab the attention of politicians and inspire action and change as soon as possible.
“I hope to alert leaders that this is a problem that must be acted upon as immediately as we acted on COVID-19, and I hope to see a real change in government policies, âOstrow said.