Keystone Students Get Green light to Join Global Climate Strikes

FACTORYVILLE, Pa. -- Millions of people around the globe are walking out of their jobs and their classrooms Friday in protest, all in an effort to save the planet.

One of those protests is happening at Keystone College in Wyoming County. Classes in the science department were canceled for the day.

Professors who organized the event at Keystone wanted to encourage students to spend the day outside. They anticipated more than 100 students would participate.

"We are going to start seeing things change. We are going to start seeing the polar ice caps melting. We're gonna see more severe weather events even in areas where we think we're pretty safe right now," said Dr. Val Titus, who serves as the assistant professor of wildlife biology for Keystone College.

Titus tells Newswatch 16 she wants to see more laws and regulations to protect the environment. That's why she encouraged students in her biology class to take part in the global climate march.

"Our students are actually getting out with our permission to kind of voice their thoughts and their support of protecting the climate and protecting our planet."

Other professors in the college's science department followed suit. Joining in the march on the campus in Factoryville were more than 100 millennials with a message.

"You can say that a lot of young people are branded as uneducated when it comes to climate change, but the reality is that it's happening all around us," said Emily Sandly, president of the school's ecology club.

"When Joe Snedeker says it's gonna rain, it isn't 100 percent accurate that it's gonna happen, but chances are that (climate change) is going to happen," Michael Nally, also a member of the ecology club, added.

Organizers say this march is small, but participants are proud to be a part of something much bigger.

"Especially with like things that are happening in the rain forest and the Amazon and a bunch of fires and things happening. It's really important that we bring some sort of awareness to it and can do something to prevent certain things," said freshman Elijah O'Neal.

"There are a lot of small marches going on just like this one, and I think to make a chain reaction difference is important, and I think people will listen to those of us that are pushing for change," Sandly said.

The Keystone College ecology club is already educating the next generation. Before the march, they spent time teaching pre-K students how to recycle.


  • Mary Williams

    I have seen some of the trash piles left behind by the climate strikers. So much for concern about mother earth. I believe we should be good stewards for our planet. I think we should start by looking in the mirror first. I resent being lectured to by wealthy politicians who drive gas guzzling cars, live in mansions that are massive for the less than 6 people living in them and jetting around on private planes. Sorry but paying carbon credits don’t repair environmental changes .They waste in a massive way. I do what I can. The climate of this earth will go through cycles of change and what we do probably won’t have to big an impact on that.

  • Tin foil hat

    The people that are worried about the world coming to an end are those that don’t know or refuse to acknowledge the true ending of the earth and their final destination.

    • Tin foil hat

      Just checked that out. On the surface and at face value it sounds like it has good intentions. So did Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini in the very beginning. NWO?

  • yabbadabbadude

    Climate change and socialism are inseparable. Green on the outside and red on the inside. Don’t fall for it.

  • Tin foil hat

    The same drones and sheep that say the earth is flat and NASA is fake are the same ones hanging their hats on this bunk science… πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

  • lamestream r

    Never in my life have I seen such a complete misinformation of facts being pushed on the unknowing and seamlessly the unwilling to understand they are all wrong! Temperatures rise and fall all the time, I remember back in the 70’s when we went through the coldest spell we ever had and they were claiming the new ice age is coming! My God, stop with this nonsense, you climate people look like fools!

  • straubdavid9

    ” promote how to live a greener life+
    That would be by producing more CO2 … not less. What kind of “science” are these people pushing?

    • straubdavid9

      Sounds like political science to me ….. we have a CO2 deficit ….. not a glut. CO2 is the second most important gas in the life producing chain. No CO2 ….. no H2O, and no plants! Crazy azz knuckleheads following the hoaxers. CO2 is not a pollutant.

  • The Conservative

    30 years ago they said the world would end in 20 years.
    20 years ago they said they world would end in 10 years.
    They world is still here …. idiots !
    Note : Throughout history the weather has changed. Human beings are NOT destroying the planet. Climate change caused by humans is a hoax and there’s NO REAL SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE to prove it. It’s become a political issue because of the crazy way liberals interpret reason , rationality , and common sense. Beware of all the crazy liberals who have about as much CLASS as a closed down school house.

    • The Conservative

      ….. by the way , I’m enjoying my Coke Zero in a plastic bottle and I’m also using a plastic straw !
      (And it’ll end up in a landfill because I do not recycle !)

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