Global Climate Crisis Strike | Fargo, N.D.

The Climate Crisis can be overwhelming, but the people who demanded immediate action by government at all levels at the Fargo Climate Strike today say ignoring the problem is not the answer.

Photograph of protesters at Fargo Climate Crisis Strike

They came for the grandchildren who will deal with the effects of the Climate Crisis for years after they’re gone.

Graphic of quote about Climate Crisis from Dennis Wiesenborn

They came for their children who urged them to do something.

They came because of a need to do something about the climate crisis.

They came out of a sense of responsibility to their families, friends, neighbors and fellow Americans.

They joined hundreds of thousands of people in youth-led climate crisis strikes around the world today.

And you can bet all of them, the thousands, agreed on one thing:  government leaders need to take necessary action on the climate crisis and its devastating effects NOW.

Still image from video of protesting kids at Fargo Climate Crisis Strike Click to watch the video – Kids demonstrating at the #StrikeWithUs #ClimateStrike in Fargo today in solidarity with others in youth-led climate strikes around the world. #ClimateCrisis

Signs of Concern

Concerned citizens from both sides of the Red River of the North gathered in front of Fargo (N.D.) City Hall this morning in a peaceful protest demanding that leaders of Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota, the United States and the world take action on the climate crisis immediately.

Image of signs from the Fargo Climate Crisis Strike, 9/20/19

Around 75 people gathered initially, at 11 a.m., and more  joined the crowd during the 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. timeframe. The group included children as young as five to high school and college students to grandparents who are concerned for their grandkids’ futures.

Because, as Neva Francis put it, “We are in crisis. This is an emergency.”

“Act Now or Swim Later”

Separately, but also in solidarity with youth around the world, students at Carl Ben Eielson in south Fargo walked out of class at 1:15 p.m. (IV Words has been unable to confirm a reported walk-out at Ben Franklin Middle School.)

Image of students at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School strike for action on the Climate Crisis
Students at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School walked out of their classes at 1:15 p.m. on 9/20/19 to participate in the worldwide, youth-led climate strike.

Climate Crisis – Why They Strike

In addition to participating in the strike, IV Words spoke to several protesters to ask why they felt the need to make their voices heard.

We can do this, if we will.

Image of Donna Clark holding a protest sign at the Fargo Climate Crisis Strike
Donna Clark – “Follow the Science”

Donna Clark said – verbally and with her protest sign – that the people and leaders of the world need to do something about the Climate Crisis, and we can do it.

“We need to do something immediately,” she said. “Ignoring this problem that’s so overwhelming… we can’t do that. We need to do something like we did in World War II. We can do it; we just need to have the will to.”

Picture of Amy Phillips, Dan Rice and Donna Clark at the Fargo Climate Crisis Strike
l to r: Amy Phillips, Dan Rice and Donna Clark

 Felt the Need to Do Something

Neva Francis and her children, Remi (7) and Cole (5), wore T-shirts with “Green New Deal” on the front as they joined the other strikers.

Neva and Remi wrote a letter to the editor about the need to address climate change that ran in The Forum, Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 11, 2019.

Francis Family protesters
Neva Francis with her children, Remi (7) and Cole (5), at the Fargo Climate Strike on 9/20/19.

They were inspired to do so by a conference call with The Sunrise Movement, one of the sponsors/hosts of the Fargo Climate Strike.

“We’re here because it’s time to act on climate change,” Neva said, adding that after the call with The Sunrise Movement, Remi really felt they needed to do something, whatever that might be.

Seeing How Serious the Climate Crisis Is

Tasha Neumiller said she didn’t realize how serious climate change caused by global warming was until she took a North Dakota State University-Minnesota State University Moorhead course in social work.

The service-learning course is led by Minot State University Professor Amy Phillips, who has been with MiSU’s social work program on the NDSU campus since 2013.

“I wasn’t educated about it before,” Neumiller said, “but the more research I do, the more I’ve been seeing how serious it is.”

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Author: Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, proud Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger and big-time reader. (If you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff.) A ginger, too (ergo the "Red"). At age 50 I'm a newbie to tattoos - I have three now - but the kind artists at the parlor tell me it's never too late. I like hanging out with my best friend, who also happens to be my wife, watching the kids in their academic and athletic activities, writing, hiking and riding my mountain bike.

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