CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Students from the Charlottesville area took to the streets Friday to protest what they call inaction on climate change.

Students gathered on the Downtown Mall Friday, May 24, to participate in a global effort to push politicians to halt climate change. They want carbon emissions to be cut in half by 2030, and then 100% by 2050.

Additionally, the students would like lawmakers to adopt the Green New Deal [Wikipedia].

“One of the main issues is that climate change isn't getting enough attention, because it is a crisis and a lot of people don't know that,” said student organizer Gudrun Campbell, Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike.

The group is pushing Charlottesville City Council to end the use of fossil fuels. Additionally, the students seek "radical legislation" to combat climate change and a national emergency declared.