Students from across the Grand Valley are organizing a Youth Climate Strike at 3:30 p.m. Friday in front of the old Mesa County Courthouse in downtown Grand Junction.
The strike is an effort to "bring attention to the growing issue of climate change and demand legislative action to protect future generations," Grand Valley Students United organizer Johneth Price said in a statement.
Inspired by youth climate strikes around the country and world, some Grand Valley students say they are aiming to further local discussion about the impact of climate change.
Price said student organizers are aware of how important the oil and gas industry is to the local economy and that it's important for any regulations or legislation to address jobs for industry workers.
"Raising our voices about this issue and the solutions we want is the only way to ensure that our elected officials will listen to their constituents as well as protecting environments across the world," she said.
Speakers are set to begin at 4 p.m. and the strike goes until 5 p.m.