Between September 20th and 27th, more than 4,500 protests in 150 countries were held to demand government action on climate change. These events were part of the School Strike for Climate Movement organized by climate activities Greta Thunberg (pictured right). September 20th was the largest of the strikes, with more than 4 million people participating , including more than 250,000 in New York.
On September 20th in neighboring New Jersey, ERCBNA schools and students were at the ACTION Student Leadership Retreat, participating in the climate strike in a different way. Christine Chana, an Iona Prep Chemistry teacher and Co-Moderator of the Human Rights Club, led a hands-on session on carbon dioxide pollution and its effects on water. Students learned about the harmful effects carbon dioxide has when absorbed by water, and the ramifications for an already warming planet. Students also created posters showcasing their beliefs on climate change, their thoughts on which pollutants contribute most, and the ways in which they believe we can begin to address climate change.