A march focused on climate action is scheduled in Maryville for Friday, Sept. 20, at noon, representatives from Maryville Huddle and the Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship said in a press release Thursday.

The march will start at the Clayton Center parking lot on the Maryville College campus, where participants will gather around 11:30 a.m.

It then will proceed up U.S. Highway 321 to New Providence Presbyterian Church, 703 W. Broadway Ave. Afterwards there will be a rally at New Providence with student speakers from around the area.

In advance, students also will gather at the Maryville College pavilion at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, to make signs for the march.

The march will take place three days before the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, and will be one of many events across the nation where young people and adults march to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

As of Sept 6, there are more than 2,500 events scheduled in 117 countries.

The march is part of the Global Climate Strike heralded by Greta Thunberg and leading youth strikers.

Climate strikes were started by students organizing through the #Fri daysForFuture platform.

This Global Climate Strike mobilization is a joint response by a broad coalition of groups, NGOs, unions and social movements across the world to young people’s call to demand their governments immediately provide a safe pathway to stay below a maximum temperature rise of 1.5 C.

Those interested in knowing more can visit globalcli matestrike.net.

For more information on this local action, contact Marilyn Finley at mlynfin@gmail.com or 973-903-8331.

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