Youth Climate Strike

9 year old Mira Fritz gathered with other youth in Penn Square to take part in Youth Climate Strike to protest the government’s failure to take action to stop climate change Friday, Mar. 15, 2019. The group then walked to Congressman Lloyd Smuckers office.

Students rallied together at Penn Square on Friday, calling for lawmakers to take more action against global warming. 

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of students worldwide rallied Friday, mobilized by word of mouth and social media. 

Ashton Clatterbuck, a senior at The Stone Independent School, organized the local protest that drew honks from passing cars and some shouts of solidarity. 

"There have been dozens of reports saying that we have anywhere between 12 years and 45 years to make remedial change to curb climate change," Clatterbuck said.

He went on to cite instances like the California wildfires as examples of climate change, and said, "this is the generation that's going to have to deal with that." 

Clatterbuck said that among students from The Stone Independent School, students were also at the protest from McCaskey, Lancaster Mennonite and Lancaster Country Day.

"There's no change happening unless we force it," He said. 

Following some songs, speeches from a few students -- including 9-year old from Lancaster Country Day. 

Following the public protest, the students marched to Republican congressmen Lloyd Smucker's office to deliver a letter. 

The letter, Clatterbuck said, asks Smucker to "take serious action steps to create a bill or a resolution that will curb climate change in the drastic ways that we need to see." 

Meg Macfarlane, who said she's been protesting since the 1960s, said that she wants to support the students in any way she can, so she was standing with the group of high-schoolers.

"They are so interested in not just their own special issue, but they're interested in making the world a better place for all of us," Macfarlane said. "And I can't give them enough praise for that."