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Rosalie Kinsey is a Freshman Natural Resource Conservation Major at UMass. She said she came because it’s very easy to feel hopeless and alone about climate change, but that being surrounded by people who care just as much as she does, brings some of that light back. 

Kinsey says a good first step in helping solve the crisis is to talk to as many people as you can. 

“Just talk to someone who doesn’t know anything about it,” she added, including that one conversation can affect somebody to come to a place like this where they can be affected by their speakers. “It’s a ripple effect and hopefully that will change something.”

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Cady Reiken, another student at Shutesbury Elementary, said she cares about climate change and wants to help change things. She came out to the event because it helps her feel like she’s making a difference and that she can be with other people who want to do that as well.   “I think that even if it’s not technically changing anything it’s one little thing can help make a bigger difference,” she said.

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Allysa Quackenbush is a Freshman Humanities and Fine Arts Major at Umass who came out to the event due to the global impact and the importance of making her voice heard for the cause. She said it’s important for people to rally together so that those in power would have no choice in changing. 

“We are what makes up the world mostly, not the people in charge, so if we care about it then they won’t have any choice but to care about it. That’s why everyone matters, even if just one person.”

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Olivia Didonna is a student at Shutesbury Elementary School. She said she came to the walk-out because of her love of animals and supporting the world. At school, she fundraised $600 for the cause.   “This is just what I want to do with my life,” she said. “There are so many people that want to help but there’s not enough so we have to convince people to stand up for the world and help the Earth change.”

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Dhruv Kedia is a Sophomore Computer Engineering Major at UMass. He came to the event after being inspired by Greta Thunberg’s vocal fight for the environment. He said while many people came, he expected more.     “I think it’s a very international issue. There’s not a lot that our governments and the leaders of the world are doing to stop corporations from hurting our planet. The fact that the leader of the most powerful country in the world thinks it’s a hoax tells you something, right?” he said. “Showing that people actually care about it would force them to fight for it and that’s what we’re here to do.”

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Cam MacDougall (center) begins to hang lights in Cracker Barrel Alley with the help of his classmates.(Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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UMass LARP professor Michael Di Pasquale chats with UMass Sustainable Community Development Program Director Mark Hamin before the Holiday Stroll. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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The use of lighting, food and seating makes this alleyway more inviting. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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A UMass Dining chef takes a seat before Mount Ida's on-campus  dining area opens. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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A temporary gym has been put in the basement of New Hall for students to exercise at the UMass Mount Ida campus. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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A table and chairs remain empty in the back of the Wadsworth Library. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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Librarian Isle Allen assists with campus directory at her desk in the Wadsworth Library. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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A UMass band member rests against his instrument during some down time. The Minutemen Marching Band performs a traditional march through campus to kick off the festivities for UMass Football games.
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An older UMass fan prepares some meat while others watch as part of tailgating festivities that took place outside of Lot 11. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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UMass students pose for a picture at the start of the tailgate in Lot 11. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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A police officer inspects a trunk full of beer in Lot 11. (Justin Risley/ Amherst Wire)

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UMass students take a break from tailgating and play with a dog in Lot 11.
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