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Laguna Beach residents participate in worldwide climate strike at Main Beach on Friday

In advance of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, strikers worldwide held a protest to bring more awareness to the climate challenges we currently face, as well as a call to action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Friday was a historic day for the climate awareness movement. According to vox.com, it was the largest climate strike in world history. Activists estimate there were four million strikers around the globe. 

Laguna Beach Reif

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Large crowd participated in strike on Friday at Main Beach

Last Friday, Laguna Beach residents participated in the worldwide protest with their own strike at Main Beach, organized by local youths.

It all began back in 2018. In response to the growing youth movement of climate strikes across the globe in February of last year initiated by Greta Thunberg –– a Swedish girl who made an urgent plea for climate action — Laguna Beach joined in. 

Laguna Beach two boys

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Keanu and Zen Mir (holding signs above their heads)

At the time, Niz Mir and Laguna Beach families worked together to raise their children’s voices and create more awareness locally by holding a protest. Her two boys, Zen and Keanu, became part of it.

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Laguna Beach joins the global climate strike

Mir says, “The severe weather extremes impact us globally and locally. As a coastal community, we are impacted by rising sea levels; record-breaking sea surface temperatures, which affect our marine ecosystem; and extreme weather, including periods of drought, heat, and excessive rain.”

As per reports, the Global Climate Strikes, inspired by Thunberg, may end up being the largest mass protest for action on global climate challenges in history.