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Climate change strike held in Youngstown today

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Youngstown residents held a strike today to voice their concerns about the climate.

The event was held at The First Unitarian Universalist Church in Youngstown near Wick Park.

The strike was part of an international call for people to leave work or school to bring focus to climate change.

Members of Youngstown's "The Colony," The Green Party of Korea and local high school students were among those in attendance.

Protesters spoke about the need for clean energy and green infrastructure to help keep the planet healthy.

According to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius instead of 2 degrees Celsius would help keep society equitable and sustainable.

Ursuline Sophomore Cody Clark says local communities need to make changes on a smaller scale to set an example for other areas.

The strikers told 21 News that the "Green New Deal" being discussed by Congress is a step in the right direction.

According to CNN, the proposed legislation calls for more renewable energy, a 'smart' power grid, and an increased focus on energy efficiency.

Clark says calling legislators and voicing concerns about climate change will help move the country's focus towards environmental issues.

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