MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On September 20, Columbia High School students and community members will strike to get the world’s leaders at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change to listen to the next generation’s concerns about the climate. In over 150 countries, people of all ages are planning and organizing protests and events September 20th through 27th, the Week of Action.

Columbia High School students of the Students for Justice Club and the GAIA Environmental Club are leading the Climate Strike in Maplewood, demanding action be taken by national and international politicians on this issue. “We are striking, because there is no point in going to school if the world and its people are dying around us.” said Students for Justice leaders in a letter to CHS Administration.

Students will walk out of their classrooms at 10:00 am and begin walking towards Maplewood Town Hall for a rally starting at 10:30 am, open to anyone and everyone who cares about the cause (please bring posters!). The rally will include speeches from a variety of speakers from both towns. From there, everyone will march back to Ritzer Field (behind Columbia) to continue the strike by calling and emailing representatives, decorating reusable bags, picking up garbage, and more! 

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This day of action has been organized by the CHS students and leaders that make up the Students for Justice Club and the GAIA Environmental Club. The international strike was created by Greta Thunberg and coordinated by The Future Coalition and The Youth Climate Strike Coalition. Locally, the strike has support from the Maplewood Township and the South Orange Township. The organizers are grateful for the help of Morrow Church and Clean Water Action NJ. Additionally, “SOMA Action supports the members of our Student Leadership Committee who helped organize this important effort.” This strike represents a teaming up of environmental and social justice groups, as well as people of all ages and backgrounds, to demand the world’s leaders listen to cries for climate justice.

Find out more information about the Columbia High School Climate Strike at @studentsforjustice on Instagram

Find out more information about the national strikes at