The Chicago Youth Climate Strike was one of hundreds of similar protests that took place around the world on Friday, March 15th, encouraging high schoolers to skip class and join the strike to demand better legislation about climate change. Photographed by Georgia Hampton
The strike began in the South Loop and culminated in a rally at Federal Plaza, where several young speakers addressed the crowd. Photographed by Georgia Hampton
“They are running out of excuses and we are running out of time,” one young speaker declared to the crowd. Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
At the March 15 rally, several speakers expressed their frustration at being too young to vote while still experiencing the increasingly irreversible effects of climate change. Photographed by Georgia Hampton
While many young people attended the rally on March 15, they were often accompanied by their parents who also wanted to take part in the event. Photographed by Georgia Hampton
The crowd laughed and joined in as people began chanting “fuck Donald Trump!” Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
Speakers at the March 15 strike in Federal Plaza emphasized that this day’s march was only the beginning, with one speaker telling the crowd “one-time things do not get anything done.” Photographed by Georgia Hampton
Strike attendees brought homemade signs calling for action on the ongoing issue of global warming. Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
Protestors young and old attended the March 15 strike to show their support. Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
“We have 12 years left before global warming becomes an irreversible catastrophe,” one speaker told the crowd. “Donald Trump drinks Coke every day. He’s not going to be alive in 12 years.” Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
The final speaker at the strike emphasized his support for Bernie Sanders, whose name was met with cheers from the crowd. Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
After the rally ended, teens greeted each other with "I like your sign!" and other quick comments of encouragement. Photographed by Georgia Ruth Hampton.
Once the rally was over, the young protestors greeted each other and their parents chatted. “When I was 16, I wasn’t even a hint of what these girls are,” one father was overheard saying. “I’m really proud of them,” another replied. Photographed by Georgia Hampton