IRIS IN THE NEWS
Liberal Studies Major Speaks at Youth Climate Strike
March 22, 2019
From the School News Network, published March 22, 2019:
It was a rainy day when West Michigan’s youth decided to fight back, but the passion at the Grand Rapids Climate Strike was far from clouded.
Calvin Olson, a senior at Grandville High School, sent more than 400 emails and hundreds of phone calls to local officials after becoming the leader of the local strike. While Olson was taking control of the Grand Rapids event, held at Rosa Parks Circle, thousands of students across the world were preparing to do the same...
Ellen Lavigne, a senior liberal studies major at Grand Valley State University, spoke to the crowd about the importance of individual activism, specifically regarding personal consumption.
“We’re here today because we love each other and we love this planet,” Lavigne said. “There are things that everyone can do, no matter how small, to make a true and important difference.”
Grandville High School senior Calvin Olson and Ellen Lavigne, a senior at GVSU, talk during the strike
Lavigne hopes that events like the strike bring attention to the bigger players in the game such as lawmakers and politicians.
“We’re not going to be satisfied until we see real change,” she said. “That’s why we’re here today and that’s why we won’t stop.”