Students at Illinois State University hosted a local call to action on Climate Change Saturday.
The event is on Facebook and has about 50 participants as far as its page is concerned. The groups behind the event are the Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America and Illinois People’s Action.
Activists, organizers and concerned residents met 3 p.m. Saturday at Wayman AME Church. The event was not a protest, but rather an opportunity to put together a local plan “that ensures the survival of our neighbors already living on the front lines of the climate catastrophe,” the group wrote in a Facebook post.
The event comes at what some say is a crucial time for the environment with the United States beginning the formal procedure of exiting the Paris Climate Accord. While this is happening the Environmental Protection Agency has started to rollback protections against toxic ash from coal mines.
The Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America public relations officer Zach Carlson says that ISU has taken great steps in the fight against climate change but also that it could do more; these ideas will be discussed further at the event.
“Whether it be the ever-growing number of scorching hot days, or the brutal subzero temperatures of a polar vortex, the climate crisis is already inflicting chaotic extremes in our area,” the Facebook post continued.
Around the world, communities are pouring into the streets, staging massive climate strikes and locals are hoping to create a similar front here in Bloomington-Normal with help from the Fridays for Future Bloomington-Normal group.
“As we bring our energy and our solidarity to movements that call us to confront this global crisis, and for us to consider our future under climate change, we cannot forget the front line communities right outside our doors, for whom the crisis is real and present today,” the Facebook post read.