By Jim Meadows | Illinois Public Media
“A group gathered on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Friday to call for action to combat climate change. “Climate Strike Two” was a follow-up to the Climate Strike event held on the U of I campus September 20. That event was part of a student-led global protest calling for greater efforts to address climate change, and drew more than 1,000 people from the campus and community, according to a News-Gazette estimate.
In addition to the call for fossil fuel divestment, speakers at the Climate Strike Two rally called on Governor J.B. Pritzker to support a ban on fracking, which is permitted by a 2013 state law, and passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. That legislation, which is pending in the Illinois General Assembly, promote reduces use of fossil fuel-based energy sources such as coal and petroleum, in favor of renewable energy.”