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Sep 20, 2019 5:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton High School Students Walk Out For Climate Change

The East Hampton High School Environmental Awareness Club walked out of class on Friday afternoon in solidarity with major climate change strikes happening throughout the globe. ELIZABETH VESPE
Sep 24, 2019 1:19 PM

Millions of people around the world — including nearly 30 East Hampton High School students — walked out of their schools and workplaces on Friday afternoon to urge politicians to take action on climate change.

Global climate change strikes took place in more than 150 countries on Friday. The New York Times reported that an estimated 4 million people worldwide participated in the strike to bring climate change to the forefront.

Members of the Environmental Awareness Club, led by Aubrey Peterson, a social worker at the high school, walked out the entrance of East Hampton High School during seventh period, at 12:15 p.m., holding signs saying, “2030 Is Around The Corner,” “There Is No Planet B,” “What I Stand For Is What I’m Standing On” and “Just Say Yes To Clean Energy.”

Other students held signs showing support of the New Green Deal — proposed legislation to address climate change and economic inequality in the United States, and some students held signs in support of wind farms as a sustainable source of energy.

Town Board members Jeff Bragman, Sylvia Overby and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez were among perhaps 30 adults — and a handful of dogs — who visited the school grounds to stand in solidarity with the students.

“What do we want?” dozens of students shouted as they walked out of the high school and onto the front sidewalk.

“Clean energy.”

“When we want it?”


“They’re not thinking about the next generation — the kids, our grandchildren,” Lucia Ibrahim, a senior, said at the protest. “[The year] 2030 is just around the corner, and then it becomes irreversible. Now is the time to make the change. The earth is a ticking time bomb and about to go off,” she said, adding that 11 years isn’t as long as it seems.

East Hampton residents who showed up to support the students held signs saying things like “Climate Drives Their Future” and listening to the students’ concerns, while standing on the other side of the road as a police officer kept an eye on things.

“We need your support,” said Aubrey Peterson Jr., Mr. Peterson’s son, explaining that Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist who has helped raise global awareness about climate change and has been leading the climate change movement, had arrived in New York City for the climate change march that day.

“Everyone needs to come together. Everyone needs to be educated. That’s what this strike is about,” said Brody Eggert, a junior.

“The government needs to realize that young people do have a voice. We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and our kids will feel it even worse than we do. We need to continue to come out in large numbers and grow support for the issues that are important to us.”

A group of students began to shout that moving toward “sustainable living is cheaper than fixing our mistakes.”

By 2022, the Town of East Hampton hopes to have 100 percent renewable energy.

“We need the support of the Town Board and Trustees in order to let that cable from the windmills come ashore,” Debra Foster, who has been circulating a petition in support of wind energy, told the students, adding that she hopes they will sign her petition. “The time is now,” Ms. Foster, an East Hampton resident, said.

Students finished listing things they can do to help the earth and bring climate change to the forefront — such as voting for politicians with similar beliefs, reducing plastic use, banning balloons and reducing carbon emissions.

“Let the Hamptons be an example for the rest of the world on how to become sustainable,” Brody said.

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Anybody who genuinely doesn't believe in anthropogenic climate change is clueless and foolish! The evidence is overwhelming and indisputable.
By Aeshtron (413), Southampton on Sep 20, 19 6:02 PM
What's it called when you're sort of ambivalent about the whole thing because you're likely to die before seeing the worst effects of anthropogenic climate change?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 21, 19 6:27 AM
There's an old American saying that seems to be forgotten by the left : "You Can't Fight Mother Nature". Only Marianne Williamson & The Pope gets it : PRAY FOR GOOD WEATHER !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 21, 19 11:14 AM appended by themarlinspike
Like others born here, good ole local me has never so much as spit on the sidewalk. I would however appreciate it if you and your generation would clean up that non American created Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating around. Of course it would mean 7000 less comments from you while you complete that job.
By themarlinspike (519), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 21, 19 11:14 AM
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Not so easy, fish:
It's people who pissed her off.
Stop polluting, please.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 21, 19 11:34 AM
The last time CO2 levels were this high, "The Great Dying" created most of the oil humans have burned since the Industrial Revolution. Coal is older than that.

All that sequestered carbon has been put into the atmosphere and thusly the oceans, which are a carbon sink. CO2 and CH4 levels are at highs not seen in nearly a million years. What do you think happens when you put the carbon, and then some, which caused a mass extinction back into the environment?
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Sep 22, 19 4:42 AM
The sky is not falling.

“Forests store vast quantities of carbon and play a huge role in the world’s carbon cycle—as well as in human hopes of mitigating global warming. Tropical rainforests, the revered “lungs of the planet,” were once thought to take the cake when it comes to carbon sequestration. But a new study adds to a growing body of evidence that other types of forest may actually be better at sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere. Specifically it finds ...more
By even flow (992), East Hampton on Sep 22, 19 7:23 AM
Great, go plant a tree.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 22, 19 7:28 AM
Carbon is still increasing. What's your point?

The Permian extinction took place over the course of at least 20,000 years. But, it happened now didn't it?
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Sep 22, 19 8:48 AM
If the left wants to do something important try cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch using the school children you just scared the hell out of.
By themarlinspike (519), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 22, 19 9:16 AM
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It is a young person who spearheaded the drive to clean it up. His invention is working.from the New Yorker.......A Grand Plan to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Can a controversial young entrepreneur rid the ocean of plastic trash?

Carolyn KormannJanuary 28, 2019
By Fred s (3197), Southampton on Sep 22, 19 9:25 AM
Marlin would love it
if "the left" would do something
because he will not.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 22, 19 9:42 AM
Like most of the local born people here I have never so much as spit on the sidewalk. You outsiders made a hell of a mess around here and I suppose you made a mess where you lived before you came here too. Own up to your filthy progressive ways. You're too lazy to work hard because you comment here all day long everyday. You're no local that's for sure.
Sep 22, 19 10:18 AM appended by themarlinspike
And by the way you 2 ladies should get your teeth fixed and some new wigs.
By themarlinspike (519), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 22, 19 10:18 AM
That’s funny. If you weren’t so cheap you’d have a subscription, and you’d post all day. More then likely you’d be banned anyway.
By Fred s (3197), Southampton on Sep 22, 19 10:23 AM
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I don't believe you.
Do you ever drive a car?
Say "carbon footprint"!
Sep 22, 19 10:26 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
Fred, he already got banned. Remember how he showed up when PW Herman got scrubbed from existence? I doubt it's a coincidence.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 22, 19 10:26 AM
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The Right has Diamond & Silk, the left has you two : Broken Glass & 50 Grit Sandpaper.
By themarlinspike (519), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 23, 19 8:55 AM
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Marlin pollutes too.
Acts perfect, but in fact he
hates humanity.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 23, 19 9:23 AM
Not so, I'm a fan of the Blues. The Tango, not so much.
By themarlinspike (519), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 23, 19 6:31 PM
Sounds like a statement by adults using students to use the news as a agenda. Shame on the town board members using school time for their agenda...
By knitter (1906), Southampton on Sep 20, 19 7:14 PM
Poor kids, they’ve been fed a diet of empty catch phrases and social media memes and ephemeral narratives. I can only imagine the blank stares they’d give if ever asked what happens to all the stuff they do diligently recycle (goes into the exact same incinerator as the rest of the trash) or how many birds and bats are cruelly killed by wind turbines (more than 6 million each year). I bet no one has ever explained the giant commercial for profit business that is at the core of “climate ...more
By localEH (426), East Hampton on Sep 21, 19 8:18 AM
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George Carlin on human arrogance and climate change:

"Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven't learned how to care of one another. We're going to save the (expletive deleted) planet?" Carlin says, just getting warmed up. "I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, white bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren't enough bicycle paths."

"Did you ever think about the arithmetic?" he goes ...more
By DiseaseDiocese (637), Riverhead on Sep 21, 19 9:35 AM
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"The planet isn't going anywhere — we are." Ain't that the truth, George.

Oh well, our kids and grandkids can worry about it, I'd rather have a nice big juicy 'ol steak.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 21, 19 9:49 AM
You can follow what a comedian says, something about listening to scientists seems a little saner
By Fred s (3197), Southampton on Sep 21, 19 10:38 AM
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Adults have scared the *&%* out of young people. Adults are not offering young people many real solutions just a real in your face scare.. A science or English lesson would be for these students to write a paper on their daily carbon footprint. Discussions can take place and perhaps ideas for small solutions within their family, school, community. Change starts at home. Good photo op for all who protested.
By auntof9 (157), Southampton on Sep 21, 19 10:35 AM
I got a solution for you: move to higher ground.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 21, 19 10:54 AM
Tell that to all the farmers that just got flooded out of existence in the Midwest this past summer.
By dfree (809), hampton bays on Sep 21, 19 10:32 PM
They were flooded out because of man-made levees that magnify the effect of seasonal rains - nothing to do with climate change.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Sep 21, 19 11:10 PM
Foreign, as for my question in regards to Kavanaugh...you didn't answer it either. You decided instead to critique how I reply on 27east. What you probably don’t know is that 27east hasn’t figured out a way to reply on their new mobile format. You can’t do it. And being that 99% of my posts are from my mobile device, I’m SOL. You however are just fine. You’re able to reply from a desktop. A desktop that you probably don’t get up from unless it’s to get something ...more
By DiseaseDiocese (637), Riverhead on Sep 21, 19 11:47 AM
If Kavanaugh was in blackface he'd get killed in the media, just like Trudeau is, and deservedly so, but I think you knew that. If you think he'd get impeached I think you should take another look at the constitution.

P.S. You can use desktop mode on your phone as well. It's an option in the browser menu.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 21, 19 11:52 AM
Diseased, all I use is my phone to post, can’t understand why it’s not working for you.when speaking of climate change, I’ll go with scientist. They have both source and substance. Comedians are fine, but they are comedians. Get it? Maybe one of the moderators can help with your posting problems
By Fred s (3197), Southampton on Sep 21, 19 11:58 AM
Same ones yelling save the planet but hey wanna vape and eat Tide pods?
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Sep 21, 19 12:14 PM
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Birth control is the answer it is that simple. Less people less pollution. Are these kids being taught the importance of birth control
By AL (82), southampton on Sep 21, 19 1:02 PM
The Earth will protect herself. At least kids got a day off from school
By Win sky (57), Southampton on Sep 22, 19 9:12 AM
The earth will be here long after we've suffocated ourselves.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 22, 19 9:42 AM
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Letter To President Obama From Business Leaders
By Deepak Chopra


Dear President Obama & The United States Congress,

Tomorrow leaders from 192 countries will gather at The UN
Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to determine the fate of our planet.

As business leaders we are optimistic that President Obama
is attending Copenhagen with emissions targets. Additionally, we urge
you, ...more
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Sep 23, 19 7:12 AM
Oh my goodness. Do you think most people will fully read your post to find out who signed this agreement?
By tenn tom (255), remsenburg on Sep 23, 19 7:58 AM
Only if they are TDLTR like your average "right winger" who'd apparently prefer to be told their truths, instead of investigating them...
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Sep 23, 19 8:24 PM
I see all the trumps signed on to the Chinese hoax.
By Fred s (3197), Southampton on Sep 23, 19 8:23 AM
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Using our children to be activists in perpetuating this hoax is downright wrong. Teachers need to check their politics on the outside of the schoolhouse doors. I am glad to see that only a handful of EH students have participated. However, that is a handful too much. Shame on liberal indoctrinators using their position of authority in our schools. Scaring them into believing the world is going to end in 12 years is nothing short of child abuse.
By Stop Indoctrinating Our Kids (8), Nowhere Near Uranus on Sep 23, 19 2:48 PM
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The fact people are making irreversible changes to the planet that will impact humanity's long-term chances of survival on earth is not politics, it's science.

Your desire to not inconvenience yourself today for the next generation is politics.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 23, 19 5:36 PM
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They might teach science in school, that might be where they got the idea.
By Fred s (3197), Southampton on Sep 23, 19 3:14 PM
First it was global cooling, then it was global warming then they changed it again to Climate change. It is all junk science designed to indoctrinate our impressionable children. The liberals are 0-41 on their climate change "predictions" so far. Great track record. Drink the Kool-Aid if you wish.
By Stop Indoctrinating Our Kids (8), Nowhere Near Uranus on Sep 23, 19 5:46 PM
The greenhouse effect is demonstrably real, but what do you care? You'll be dead before those long-term effects are inescapable anyway!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 23, 19 5:55 PM
Everything you just posted is absolutely wrong.

Carbon levels were stable in the atmosphere for the last 800,000 years, oscillating but not exceeding 290 ppm until the 20th century. The pre-industrial revolution C02 level stood at 280 ppm or lower for close to a million years. According to Milankovitch cycles, the planet should be cooling. It is not. CO2 is not the only driver of warming, but it's the canary in the coal mine, as it were. Without CO2, the planet would be a frozen wasteland.

We ...more
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Sep 24, 19 7:51 PM
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and I bet every other protester gets a brown box delivered to their house at least once a week and all that card board is ending up where?
By auntof9 (157), Southampton on Sep 25, 19 9:54 AM
Corrugated cardboard is one of the easiest things to recycle. Almost every retail store has a cardboard dumpster or compactor/baler.
By Mr. Z (11692), North Sea on Sep 29, 19 1:12 PM
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Indoctrinating children with hoax science is child abuse. The planet warms and cools every 10,000 years.This is indisputable- read the books The planet is not a little terrarium in Mrs. Smith classroom that experienced die-off because Little Jimmy poured his Yoohoo in the tank.There's on old Korean saying that an empty can makes a lot of noise and that's what defines our world today: uneducated emotionally charged tools of the Left who believe yelling loudly overrides truth.Just follow their doomsday ...more
By DrFinch (4), Southampton on Oct 1, 19 4:54 PM
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It's true that there is a normal, cyclical change in planetary climate.

It's also true that the natural process has been accelerated by anthropogenic (aka human-made) emissions of greenhouse gases.

There is a broad scientific consensus: anthropogenic climate change is happening.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 1, 19 5:01 PM
1. Any student that walked out of class should get an f for the day.
2. Nothing proposed to date will stop global warming.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 2, 19 5:55 PM
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Nothing to date has even convinced people it's a problem, so we agree there.

Let's just all move to higher elevation.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8054), HAMPTON BAYS on Oct 2, 19 7:53 PM