Locals march, join nationwide climate change protests

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford joined millions of people in nationwide protests Friday to raise concerns demand action on climate change.

Locals gathered in downtown Rockford to help assemble a "pipeline." They marched to the State Street bridge to make some noise against climate change.

"The puppet is going to march today on the first day of global climate strike in awareness and solidarity with the youth of the world, who are speaking up against the condition of the world that we're leaving for them," says David Stocker, community artist and march organizer. "Our way of showing up for them in Rockford is to have a march."

Some national protests involved students walking out of class and school to protest climate change. This comes ahead of next week's united nations general assembly and climate action summit.