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Hundreds of King Middle School Students to Hold Climate March

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Hundreds of King Middle School Students to Hold Climate March
Posted on 11/24/2015
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To increase awareness about the human impact on climate change, about 400 King Middle School students will hold a Climate March on Friday, Dec. 4, marching with signs and banners from their school to Portland City Hall.

Students will speak on the steps of City Hall and perform an original song about climate change. They will be joined by city, school and other officials. The march will begin at 9 a.m. and students are expected to arrive at City Hall between 9:40 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The student Climate March, which will have a police escort, will take place while the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 11 in Paris, is underway. The students hope to educate the community on the scientific evidence regarding the implications of climate change.

The march has been planned and organized by all King Middle School York eighth-graders, according to language arts teacher Catherine Paul. She said a special Climate Committee of eighth-graders has been firming up the details and recruiting additional supporters.

“York 8 is on an expedition called “ReThink, ReCharge, ReAct,” and we have been studying the devastating effects of climate change on the ocean, as well as which energy sources and individual lifestyle choices can best sustain our planet and lessen climate change,” Paul said.

The York eighth-graders will be joined by approximately 300 other concerned King students who are on expeditions connected to pollination, propaganda, and clean water, Paul said.