ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Community members gathered in front of Fred Meyer on Garden Valley Boulevard Tuesday afternoon to participate in a climate strike.
The strike was planned by the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley.
More than 150 community members showed up with their signs to protest about climate change.
Stuart Liebowitz, a board member for the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition, says it was important to host a strike in Roseburg because they are the ones seeing the effects of climate change firsthand.
“We are experiencing the impacts of climate change here in our backyard right now,” says Liebowitz. “Rural communities have a strong interest in solving the climate crisis.”
After the hour-long strike, protesters walked to the Bureau of Land Management Roseburg office, which is a six-minute walk away, according to organizers.
From there, demonstrators listened to speeches made by key organizers.
People in 117 countries worldwide pledged to walk out of schools, jobs and homes to participate in the global climate strike, organizers said.