Michigan teacher on hunger strike to shed light on climate change

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – A teacher in southwest Michigan has said he is on a week-long hunger strike outside his school to draw attention to climate change.

Josh Gottlieb said he took a week of unpaid leave to sit outside of Kalamazoo Central High School this week. Students and other teachers came by to support him.

“That’s our whole problem,” said rookie Giuliana Bush.

She was holding a sign that read: “We are called Gen Z because we are the LAST generation !!!”

Gottlieb told MLive.com he will continue his hunger strike and protest until Sunday, when the UN climate summit kicks off in Scotland.

He said the political conflict in the United States means that President Joe Biden is not adding much to the conference.

“We need the United States to be in a position of leadership and strength to contribute to this thing, and instead we go on our knees with our tails between our legs,” Gottlieb said.

Paul Clements, professor at Western Michigan University, visited Gottlieb. He teaches a course on the topic of climate change.

“The fundamental problem here is that if the advanced countries – especially like the United States – do not take this responsibility, there is no way that China, India and other countries of the world will engage, ”Clements said.


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