As parents, most of us would do pretty much anything to help our kids have a better future. Yet we keep going about our lives ignoring the fact that man-made climate change is occurring, and if left unchecked, it will destroy our children’s future.

Just in the last few months we have seen the hottest month ever recorded in human history, the Amazon rain forest is on fire, Greenland’s ice is melting faster than ever before and Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, just devastated the Bahamas.

The climate crisis is here now, and it demands immediate action to avoid worse effects in the future. According to the world’s top climate scientists we must cut emissions 45% by 2030 and to net zero by 2050 to give our kids the best chance at a livable future.

Fortunately, while we’ve been going on with business as usual, young people around the world have been speaking up to attract attention to this crisis. Millions of students have participated in school strikes over the past year as part of the international Fridays for Future campaign.

But kids can’t solve this crisis alone, and now they are asking us, their parents and other adults, to help. We can amplify their voices by joining them to walk out of classes, jobs, and homes on Sept. 20 as part of a Global Climate Strike demanding urgent action on climate change.

We have the solutions to the climate crisis. What we need is the courage to stand up to demand an end to business as usual and demand a clean energy future for our children.

It’s time to speak up for our children’s futures. Join the strike, march, and rally in Bozeman on Sept. 20, starting at 1 p.m., at Cooper Park!

Greg Findley