“Rosa Van Wie, a fourth-grade teacher at Molly Stark Elementary School, said her students are concerned about climate change — they know it’s going to have a big impact on their lives.

“To hear you can take it one day at a time and that there’s things you can do it helps them,” she said.

She said she came to the event, “to make sure that there’s a future for myself, any family that I might have, and my students.”

Speakers at the rally acknowledged the fear and frustration engendered by climate change, particularly fear of the future, but refused to give in to it.

“I am deeply anxious about the crisis my generation is facing — the climate crisis,” said Karlyn Ellis. “I don’t see the point in studying for a future we may not have.””

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