The Youth Climate Strike as Seen by Teen Photographers

WIRED | 3/20/2019 | Emily Dreyfuss
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On March 15, young people around the world walked out of school and into the streets. From San Francisco to South Africa, an estimated 1.4 million students raised their collective voices to bring awareness to the urgency of climate change.

It was the largest ever global action against the harms of climate change, and it was pulled off entirely by children. A teenager named Greta Thunberg inspired the strike, and kids across the globe heeded her call, organizing strikes in their home towns, and showing up. Adults came out in support, but they were there to listen, not to lead. The message of the global climate strikes were clear: The youth will have to live on a climate-ravaged Earth, and so it is their voices that must be heard.

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In that spirit, WIRED hired two teenage photographers to cover the climate strikes in the US from their perspective: In Atlanta, 17-year-old Henry W. Grady High School senior Esme Bella Rice photographed the strike in front of the Georgia State Capitol building; and in San Francisco, 18-year-old Ruth Asawa School of the Arts senior Max Buenviaje-Boyd photographed the large march from the Federal Building, through downtown, to Union Square.

San Francisco native Buenviaje-Boyd has been to plenty of protests. "But what was really different about this one was that it was completely student-led and student-organized. There was this pride that we can do this by ourselves if we have to," he says of the feeling at the San Francisco strike. "And when it comes to climate issues, we will have...
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