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Photos: The Youth Climate Change Protest At The State House

Students and supporters of the Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike  crowd around the steps of the State House. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Students and supporters of the Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike crowd around the steps of the State House. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Hundreds of Massachusetts high school students who support efforts to address climate change cut class to gather at the State House in Boston Friday as part of a worldwide day of youth protests calling for focus on environmental causes.

The students support efforts like the Green New Deal in Congress, as well as a push for institutions like schools to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

Cambridge student Maya Counter held a small sign that read, "Soon you'll see the coast from Nevada."

"Because sea levels are rising, and they're soon to affect places in the U.S.," she explained. "Climate change is a huge thing affecting everyone in this world, and I think it's important to stand up against it. I think, as a youth, it's very important to start at an early age."

Smaller protests are being held around the state, including in Barnstable, Amherst and Great Barrington.

Photos from Friday's protest at the Massachusetts State House:

Youth Climate Strike protesters gather on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Youth Climate Strike protesters gather on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Students from Northampton High School protest at the Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Students from Northampton High School protest at the Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
(Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
(Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Many of the students from the Northampton High School Environmental Club who joined the protests came ready with signs. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Many of the students from the Northampton High School Environmental Club who joined the protests came ready with signs. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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