Yakima residents are set to gather downtown Friday for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with a global climate strike, according to information from organizers.
The demonstration from 2-4 p.m. on the corner North Third Street and Yakima Avenue coincides with the 25th World Climate Conference in Madrid this month, in which representatives of roughly 200 countries worldwide aim to finalize rules for the 2015 Paris accord climate agreement.
During the first day of the summit Monday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres cited recent scientific research showing a 3-million-year record high in levels of heat-trapping gases.
The global protest continues a months-long series of global strikes demanding that action be taken to address climate change. The most significant climate strike took place on Sept. 20, when hundreds of thousands of predominantly young people marched for action around the world.