Shippensburg University students and faculty beat the heat on Friday to join millions of others in the worldwide fight to raise climate change awareness.
SU’s environmental club, Green League, organized a protest midday outside the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library to promote climate change awareness and prompt action.
Students and faculty on protest were equipped with signs to demonstrate their grievances with climate change.
“Make the earth great again” and “stop denying our earth is dying” were only a few of the many signs brought by protesters.
Protesters used chants and signs to grab the attention of students walking through the academic quad on their way to classes.
“The earth is dying and it’s our fault,” was one of many mantras used during the protest.
Junior Luke Hershey, a participant in the protest, voiced his concerns of the potential impact climate change will have on environmental sustainability.
“By the end of this century one billion people will be displaced by rising sea levels. Where will they all go?” Hershey said.
Green League President junior Paige Steffy hopes the protest will encourage students to advocate for the issue of climate change more.
“Hopefully this will get students more active in combating climate change and convince them to vote for candidates who want to combat climate change,” Steffy said.
While it may seem hard to make a difference, Steffy said there are many ways to get involved.
“Reducing water use and using a reusable water bottle are two easy things students can do to make a difference,” Steffy said.
SU was among many across the world to participate in the climate protests across the world on Friday.