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King Students Cite Reasons/Goals for Dec. 4 Climate March

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King Students Cite Reasons/Goals for Dec. 4 Climate March
Posted on 12/03/2015
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About 400 King Middle School students will hold a Climate March on Friday, Dec. 4, marching with signs and banners from their school to Portland City Hall.

The march is taking place as world leaders attend a United Nations climate conference in Paris, and has been planned and organized by King Middle School York eighth-graders. A special Climate Committee of students offers the following list of reasons why the students are marching and what they hope to accomplish:

• Students of King Middle School are holding a climate march because this is our planet too.  The adults of this world have made a mess and our generation will have to clean it up, therefore we have a right to be heard.

• World leaders are meeting in Paris right now and we want them to hear us and we want them to take real action to lower carbon output, not just talk about it.

• We are marching for our friends in Paris. Due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris all marches in Paris have been canceled, so we are marching for them.

• We want the leaders and decision makers here in Maine to support and invest in solar energy, offshore wind development, and more energy efficient housing standards.

• We want the leaders and decision makers in Portland to set a goal for Portland to run on 100 percent renewable energy. Burlington, Vt. can do it and so can we.

• We urge the citizens of Portland to help reduce our carbon footprint by buying local, walking or riding your bike whenever you can, putting in LED bulbs, and turning down the heat.

• Climate change is not a debate. Face the facts; it’s time to act before it’s too late.

Students will speak on the steps of City Hall and perform an original song about climate change. They will be joined by city, school and other officials. Students will assemble at 9 a.m. at Deering Oaks Park, across from King. The march will be begin at 9:15 a.m. Students, who will have a police escort, will march up Mellen Street to Congress Street and march down Congress to the steps of City Hall, arriving at or before 10 a.m.

King is a model school in the EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) network. The York eighth-graders are on “an expedition called “ReThink, ReCharge, ReAct,” and we have been studying the devastating effects of climate change on the ocean, as well as which energy sources and individual lifestyle choices can best sustain our planet and lessen climate change,” language arts teacher Catherine Paul said.

The York eighth-graders will be joined by approximately 300 other concerned King students who are on expeditions connected to pollination, propaganda, and clean water, Paul said.