An interfaith response to climate change
propelled by the moral imperative for immediate and just climate action
in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan

“This is a key moment in the history of the climate change movement.”
“We need the U.S. to be in a position of leadership and strength to contribute to this thing,
and instead we're going in on our knees with our tail between our legs.”
“Fifty years from now, people are going to look back and say,
‘why didn’t you do anything? Why didn’t you at least try?’
And I cannot allow my children, my students, to ask me that question
without being able to look them in the eye and say
‘I did everything I possibly could. I showed up for the fight.’”
“I need to follow their lead, the lead of the young people, and show support and solidarity
from not only teachers, but adults in general. We’re not pulling our weight yet.”

~ Josh Gottlieb, physics teacher, Kalamazoo Central High School,
at various points in his week-long hunger strike
with a sign reading “Climate Change is an Emergency”

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  • Tanai Dawson
    published this page 2022-01-15 21:32:25 -0500