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Chicago Climate Strike Kicks Off Friday At Grant Park As Activists Urge Politicians To Protect Environment

Chicago's Climate Strike is one of hundreds events expected to be held around the world on Friday.

A girl holds a poster during a Climate Strike on Friday in India.
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CHICAGO — Protesters will take to the streets Downtown on Friday to raise awareness of climate change.

The strike, part of an international chain of protests, aims to encourage political leaders to protect the environment and make efforts to stop climate change. Thousands of people are participating in similar strikes around the world Friday and again on Sept. 27.

Chicago’s march starts 11 a.m. at Grant Park near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road. Participants will walk to Federal Plaza, at Dearborn and Adams streets, and have a rally.

More than 100 Field Museum staff and volunteers will participate in Friday’s Climate Strike, and Emily Graslie, the museum’s chief curiosity correspondent, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Chicago-based strike.

The strikes have been organized by young people who are urging students to walk out of school to participate and show their support for the environment. But people of all ages can participate.

“This is a global moment to show politicians everywhere that our movement is growing from strength to strength and we won’t stop until we get climate justice for everyone,” organizers wrote on the Global Climate Strike website. “This is only the beginning.”

Free admission to the Field Museum will be available after 1 p.m. as part of the museum’s participation in the strike. Participants will need to show proof of Illinois residency.

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