Respect existence or expect resistance
On Friday, Sept. 27, LEAF (Loras Environmental Action Forum) organized a climate strike and rally to bring our community’s attention to the importance of acting on this crisis. Around 11:30 a.m., students, staff, and community members congregated on the corner of Loras Blvd and Alta Vista to claim a premade sign that they would carry around campus.
Ironically, the climate was too wet for the original plan to march to Washington Park, but the advocators still participated in a lively and enthusiastic after show. The Loras College field house became a venue for various speakers, including LEAF members senior Jake Jansen, senior Cassidy Oberreuter, and junior Bob Johnson. State representatives Lindsay James and Chuck Isenhart also made an appearance and shared their support for the movement.
“You’ve already heard before that you need to push your politicians. You get out there and vote. But let me add one other thing; you run for office.” James continued her encouragement by urging young people to hold onto these values, their passion, and their vision for the future.
After the event concluded, LEAF members took a petition with multiple signatures to Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer’s office on Main Street to demand her action in the crisis. They hope that the handful of pages are enough to grab the attention of surrounding areas and direct more attention to the issue. Most importantly, their ambition has the potential to influence more young people to take action and create a better future for themselves.
Despite being a small college, the strike resulted in an impressive turnout and it sparked hope among the community leaders, gathering people from different cultures, religious backgrounds, and political affiliations. Although this was a success, there’s still a long way to go; time and participation are of upmost importance and while we gain supporters, we lose precious minutes.