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WNC Students Skip School To Strike For The Climate

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Students rally in Pack Square Park as part of the Global Climate Strike

Students in Western North Carolina joined their peers from around the world and skipped school to walk the picket line in what they are calling  a Global Climate Strike.

Hundreds of young activists marched through downtown Asheville holding signs and chanting “Hey hey!  Ho ho!  Climate change has got to go!”

The group gathered in Pack Square where speakers from local high schools rallied the crowd.  Protestors then marched to the Buncombe County Courthouse steps where they held a climate 'die-in'.

The young activists are protesting as the U.N. prepares to hold its Climate Action Summit on Monday in New York City.  They are inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta  Thunberg, who led the march in New York City.

A little over a year ago, Thunberg began her school strike for the climate by herself, outside the Swedish Parliament.