A group of teen climate activists gathered in Concord, N.H., Friday to take a stand against climate change, as part of an international movement of youth climate strikes. Packed into a building on Main Street on a rainy afternoon, the young strikers carried signs opposing the Merrimack Generation Station in Bow, the largest coal burning plant in New England.
Strike organizer Katie Lessard, 17, is a senior at Bow High School in New Hampshire. She said climate change particularly affects her generation, as they’ll have to live with the lasting impacts of it. But, as minors, they can’t take their voices to the ballot box.
“So going to protests and taking actions like this are really the only way we have to make our voice heard in the community and have legislators pay attention to us and take us seriously,” Lessard said.