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Climate activists to hold rally in Joliet on Friday

Activists are planning to hold a 'Climate Strike' on Friday in downtown Joliet.
Activists are planning to hold a 'Climate Strike' on Friday in downtown Joliet.

Activists will hold a “climate strike” in downtown Joliet on Friday to call attention to climate change.

The demonstrators will demand government leaders invest in “climate-conscious businesses” and provide solutions to climate change. Some will also address climate concerns specific to the Will County area.

Congressional candidate and Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, the Will County Progressives and the Democratic Socialists of America are among those hosting the rally.

“Every person has a loved one who’s going to live through [climate change], whether it’s your children, your grandchildren or you,” said Janet Diaz, a Will County Progressives board member.

Ventura also helped organize a similar climate strike in Naperville in September and one in Aurora last Friday, according to a news release. She is a supporter of the Green New Deal, a proposal to get the country to net zero greenhouse-gas emissions within a decade.

The Just Say No to NorthPoint group will also participate to talk about why its members have advocated against allowing a large industrial development in Will County. Despite its participation in the rally, Just Say No to NorthPoint said on its Facebook page that it was a nonpartisan group.

The rally was scheduled for 2 p.m. at Van Buren Plaza.

Last year, hundreds of environmental, labor and social justice activists participated in a climate rally in Elwood as part of an international effort to push for more environmentally and worker-friendly industries.

The demonstrators chose Elwood because of the growing distribution sector in the area and to push for better paying jobs.

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