• Students walk out of class as part of global climate strike

    By: Graham Johnson , KIRO 7 News Staff


    SEATTLE - People around the world protested climate change Friday, calling for action.

    Students around Washington joined the movement as well. Many walked out of class to take part in planned rallies for the Global Climate Strike. Even though they had the support of some local and state leaders, Seattle students were warned that there are consequences for walking out of class.

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    Seattle Public Schools said though it won't prevent students from participating, those who walked out of class will get unexcused absences.

    Some students gathered at a Climate Justice Festival at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, that ran from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a march to City Hall from noon to 1 p.m. The event continued with a rally led by young people at Seattle City Hall until 3 p.m.

    Organizers estimated 10,000 people joined the march in Seattle.

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    Students weren't the only ones to protest climate change. A map of events in Washington Friday showed gatherings at city halls, courthouses, parks, churches and street corners across the state. 

    Amazon employees and other tech workers also walked off the job. More than 1,000 tech workers gathered at the Amazon Spheres at 11:30 a.m. and then joined others walking to the City Hall rally.

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