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Maeve McArdle, a 6th-grader in the Seattle public schools system, cheers during a student-led strike against climate change on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle. 
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Maeve McArdle, a 6th-grader in the Seattle public schools system, cheers during a student-led strike against climate change on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.
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Seattle students: 'The sea is rising and so are we'

Students skipped school today to rally against climate change at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, joining forces with youth activists in more than 100 cities around the world.

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Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ringer is a senior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She first became concerned about climate change a few years ago when she learned how climate change was affecting bees.

“Without bees or other pollinators, we would have almost no fruits and vegetables," she said. "It would change our entire ecosystem and our entire planet."

Students also said it makes sense that they are taking the lead on the climate issue.

“We are the generation that climate change will most impact,” said Zoe Schurman, one of the organizers and a seventh grader at Washington Middle School.

"We can't vote yet, we can't run for office," she added. "We can't make any impact other than just speaking out like this.”

Speakers at the rally asked lawmakers need to act quickly to reduce the risk of severe climate change and urged Washington’s delegation to support bold legislation, including the “Green New Deal.”