Arcata High Student and event organizer Zoe Reiss speaks at Humboldt’s version of the Global Climate Strike on Friday | Photos: Andrew Goff

Hundreds of people packed onto the Arcata Plaza this afternoon, joining cities around the world for the second Global Youth Climate Strike — a protest against climate change inspired by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

Arcata High and Humboldt State University students, after walking out of their classrooms, joined together to march to the plaza. Their arrival was met with an eruption of cheers from community members already gathered in the town square in support of today’s protest. 

“Money won’t matter when the earth is dead,” was one of several chants the crowd shouted, expressing their anger with the state of the planet and a lack action from world leaders.

The Outpost attended today’s event and snapped a few photos of the sign-wielding youth in revolt.