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My name is Clarice Linskey, I am a high school student that is passionate about climate change.

Climate change causes extreme heat waves, unprecedented weather patterns, increased frequency and intensity of devastating forest fires, drought, flooding and rising sea levels. Not only does it affect the health and preservation of biodiversity on Earth, but also the safety of human societies. Real people have already lost their homes, their livelihoods, even their lives to the consequences of climate change. Modern youth, including myself, fear how many more have to lose everything to climate change in our lifetimes and beyond. This is why we advocate for change. We want corporations to understand that they are accelerating these detrimental effects. We want politicians from all levels of government to hear us and take action.

As future voters, Flagstaff youth are coming together to take action. On Sept. 7, Elders Climate Action is hosting a Town Hall meeting for all citizens to discuss climate change from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by a Youth Climate Leadership Summit from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. in which youth will come together and collaborate on ideas on how to advocate for change. These will both take place in the Coconino High School small auditorium. On Sept. 20, many Flagstaff schools are participating in the Global Climate Strike. Some schools plan to have a brief walk out during the school day while many other students will miss school to participate in the community-wide strike at City Hall from 10 a.m.- noon.

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