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Rural Students To Join In Classroom Walkout Over Climate Change

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Support for NPR and the following message come from Dulles International Airport with the highest on time takeoff percentage of any airport on the east coast. I a d means I'm already departing more at fly Dulles dot com slash fast, climate change, high school students around the country and the world are again planning to walk out of class today to demand lawmakers take action on the issue while the protest movement has been loudest in cities. There is growing interest in rural areas, here's NPR's Kirk siegler. When American students staged climate walkout in March. Jonathan Pryce junior at central high in grand junction, Colorado notice the protests tended to be in urban areas. But in her mind rural economies may be hit even harder by global warming. Even though they have fewer people and tend to have less political clout. Farmers are going to be impacted by any climate change that occurs. We have a lot of outdoor tourism industry, which would also be affected by negative outcomes of climate change, but rural communities like hers also rely heavily on oil and gas drilling. A recent study showed it employs ten thousand people in western Colorado. And that's a sticking point when it comes to even starting a conversation about climate policy in prices conservative leaning town, they mainly just don't want their jobs taken away because when it comes to regulations, the main fear is that oh that's gonna shut down the industry where I work near my town. This is why price says rural students need more of a voice in the burgeoning movement. It's one thing to just demand climate policy that cuts all fossil fuels. But we also think it's necessary that in the process of transitioning that we're addressing these people that are employed by the industry and how we can transition them as well and not leave them kind of stranded. Price says the national protests platform needs to include plans to retrain displaced oil workers for jobs and clean, energy or tech. If it's really going to gain traction and all of America, not just cities most of today's youth. Climate strikes are happening during school grand junctions group decided to wait until after classes are out to be a little bit less disruptive in a community where the topic is maybe more sensitive Kirk siegler, NPR news, Denver.

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