JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 A groundswell teen movement demanding action on climate change is gaining steam and will be on full display this Friday in Jackson.\r\n\r\nThe United States Youth Climate Strike is a unified event taking place across the country this Friday, March 15. Students everywhere plan to protest, contact representatives, and rally for local, state, and national governmental action concerning protection of the environment.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOrganizers locally include Jackson Hole high School students Rosalie Daval and Sienna Taylor. They informed Buckrail\u00a0that the plan is for participating students to begin the day of the strike working on a volunteer project for a local environmental nonprofit. They will then write letters and call legislators and protest on the Jackson town square.\r\n\r\nAt this point, the Jackson youth-led call-to-action event is the only known youth strike planned in the state of Wyoming but there may be others in the works.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are striking to call on our legislators to support conservation efforts, prioritize sustainable infrastructure, and invest in renewable energy sources,\u201d Daval stated in a prepared release. \u201cThe economic and environmental costs of climate change will only increase with our legislators\u2019 inaction. Wyoming\u2019s future depends on these measures.\u201d\r\n\r\nOrganizers added that while the movement is a nationwide campaign, Wyoming is uniquely positioned to lead the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur lawmakers will not have to bear the long-term consequences of their actions, but our generation will. We call on them to take responsibility for our future and the future of our state,\u201d Daval added.\r\n\r\nStudents participating in the strike will be absent from school for the entire day Friday. Daval said it is important to fill the day with important activities that transcend, for one day at least, anything that can be learned in a classroom.\r\n\r\nJackson Hole High School Principal Scott Crisp said the school will not be making any accommodations or schedule adjustments for any students that may miss class on Friday. Any absences will be respected if they come with prior parental permission.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWHERE:\u00a01110 Maple Way (Senator Mike Enzi\u2019s office and the local post office), and the Jackson town square boardwalk.\r\nWHEN:\u00a0March 15, 2019. All day: volunteering in the morning TBD, meet at 1110 Maple way at 12:30pm, protest at the town square at 2:30pm.\r\nWHO:\u00a0Young people and students from across Wyoming who are concerned about the impacts of climate change. Community members are also encouraged to join.\r\n\r\nThe mission statement of US Youth Climate Strike\r\n\r\nWe, the youth of America, are striking because decades of inaction have left us with just 11 years (or less) to solve the climate crisis. We are striking because the necessary action to achieve the common-sense and vital goal of fighting climate change is not being prioritized. We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation are already disproportionately impacted by climate change, yet, few people in positions of power have acknowledged this reality, and even fewer have begun to confront it appropriately.