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NHS students stage climate-change walkout

NHS students stage climate-change walkout

(Oct. 1, 2021) Nantucket High School students held a walk-out Friday morning, demanding action on climate change, an issue that members of the school Youth Climate Committee say will be an existential threat they will be facing for the rest of their lives.

“We’re skipping a class, but our education isn’t worth anything if there’s no world for us to use it in,” Anna Popnikolova said.

Popnikolova was one of approximately 200 students and several teachers who took to the fields outside the high school Friday morning. They came holding cardboard signs, with several students leading speeches on the importance of taking action to address climate change, rising seas and global warming.

“Coming out and hearing general passionate speeches helps get our minds around the gravity of it,” Goshi Daily said. “This will be our problem we’ll inherit once we become adults and if we don’t we’re not going to last much longer.”

Nantucket High School principal Mandy Vasil said administrators were aware of the walk-out, and supported the student effort.

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