'Holy Smokes, This Thing Could Get HUGE': NYC Public Schools to Let Students #ClimateStrike

" 'They are finally treating the crisis like a crisis,' said 14-year-old New Yorker and climate striker Alexandria Villaseñor.


Climate advocates celebrated Thursday after New York City's public school system announced it would excuse the absences of students who have a parent's permission to participate in the global climate strike on Friday, Sept. 20.


"Holy cow!" tweeted Bill McKibben, a co-founder 350.org. The environmental group is helping plan a week of action that will feature thousands of events around the world to coincide with a United Nations climate summit in New York City."


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