Activists ‘die in’ for action against climate change

The group will feign death for 11 minutes in front of the Snohomish County Administration Building.

EVERETT — Climate activists will gather at the Snohomish County Administration Building in downtown Everett for a “die in” against climate change at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Participants will “die” for 11 minutes to highlight that scientists believe climate change must be addressed within 11 years, organizer Pam Kepford said.

At noon, those in the group will close their eyes and lie down. They’ll be wearing signs with climate change information.

The event will be held to support students gathering worldwide in the third global Youth Climate Strike, an entirely student-organized event. Henry M. Jackson High School student Grace Lambert helped organize Washington strikes in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Wenatchee and Bellingham that also are scheduled to take place Friday.

The protests were started last August by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16. The movement’s leaders have a list of demands. It includes cutting greenhouse gases in half by 2030, stopping all fossil fuel projects, and declaring climate change a national emergency.

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