Students, climate advocates plan strike in Eugene

Students and workers will join communities across the nation in protesting and demanding action from local leaders against climate change.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 7:40 AM
Updated: Dec 6, 2019 10:21 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Students and community members in Eugene are planning to rally Friday for what will be the fourth climate strike of the year.

According to the group Strike 4 Climate Eugene, students and workers will join communities across the nation in protesting and demanding action from local leaders against climate change.

On Friday at noon, organizers say students from Churchill High School, South Eugene High School and the University of Oregon will join others marching to the U.S. District Courthouse in Eugene.

Following the march, the rally at the courthouse is set to start at 1 p.m.

One goal of the rally is to express disapproval of the Jordan Cove project, a proposed gas pipeline that would stretch 230 miles across Oregon. Climate advocates also urge officials to pass a "green new deal" at the local, state and national level. Specifically, they are calling for a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Eugene and Lane County by at least 45% from 2018 levels by 2030.

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The strike comes at the same time world leaders are meeting in Spain for the annual UN Climate Change Conference.

In late November, the Eugene City Council also passed an ordinance banning Styrofoam containers and plastic bags in the restaurants, which amended the city's current ban which had been in place since 2013.

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The ban on Styrofoam containers also aims to reduce waste in the city. The City of Eugene said the two bans fit in perfectly with the Climate Action Plan 2.0. You can read the entire plan here

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