CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Around 100 students from the Charlottesville area cut classes Friday to protest climate change.

Students from city and Albemarle County schools gathered on the Downtown Mall for the demonstration and march. Many of them used the opportunity to speak to their peers about why this issue is important to them.

“It's kind of our planet and we need to live on it, so we need to take care of it. And if we're not doing anything, like nothing is going to happen, it's just going to get worse and worse and worse,” said sixth-grade student Ivy Lyman.

“The kids are the ones who are going to have to live with the consequences of climate change, and so it's great to see them take it seriously at a young age,” said Brian Campbell, parent of one of the organizers.

The group led several chants, including one urging leaders to support the Green New Deal.

“It's one of those things that you hear about so often, but you never really think about and this just this whole thing like here in my own hometown at Charlottesville kind of just made me stop and think about how serious it is and how need to take care of our planet,” said sixth-grade student Desirae Smith.

The students continued their march downtown to the Albemarle County Office Building along McIntire Road in hopes of reaching more people.