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UW-La Crosse students join global climate strike

Kaitlyn Riley

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UW-La Crosse students held an 11-minute strike at noon Friday.

Dozens of students at UW-La Crosse joined a global climate strike Friday. For 11 minutes on Friday, students read their fears for global climate change. UW-La Crosse student Josie Talbert said it represented the 11-year time constraint the world has to limit the effects of a climate catastrophe.

“I think one of the biggest things is getting people involved in stuff like this and actively participating in activism and finding that in your community, which is sometimes difficult,” Talbert said.

Fellow organizer of the event Megan Hickinbotham, hoped the worldwide effort would catch the attention of political and corporate leaders who can make changes.

“I hope that this event was the start of something bigger,” Hickinbotham said. “I hope this was the start of people starting to go and get involved and want to actually get involved in the community and fight for our climate.”

A walk to Congressman Ron Kind’s office was also planned at 5:30 Friday afternoon to discuss climate change.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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