Village People: Elizabeth Burnett Goes On A Climate Strike

Sunday, September 22, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Elizabeth Burnett, of Maywood, during Friday’s Global Climate Strike. | Michael Romain

On Sept. 20, millions of young people around the world participated in the Global Climate Strike — what “may be remembered as the largest global demonstration ever in the fight against climate change,” according to Vox.

While officials with Proviso Township High Schools District 209 said that there were no reports of students walking out of D209 high schools, in nearby Oak Park, students at Oak Park and River Forest High School and Brooks Middle School left classes early.

The OPRF students walked to a nearby Green Line station and got on a train bound for Chicago’s Grant Park, where thousands of other young people were gathered to demonstrate against climate change and humanity’s failure to substantially resolve the problem.

The students at Brooks walked out of school and into a grassy field on campus, where some student organizers delivered speeches through bullhorns and over the cacophony of rambunctious adolescents.

Looking on during the Brooks demonstration was Elizabeth Burnett, 58, of Maywood. Burnett said she walked from Maywood to Oak Park for the demonstration at Brooks.

Both her daughters and a sister, who lives in Costa Rica, participated in the day’s strike, Burnett said.

“It’s a sad day when the kids are the only adults in the room,” she said. “They won’t be able to thrive on this planet and we’ve created it for them. They have the most to lose. People my age will be dead or at least too old to care by then.” VFP

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