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Mayor Bill Peduto wants to excuse students for today’s Global Climate Strike, but he likely can’t

click to enlarge Leandra Mira (center) and other students at Fridays For Future climate event in June - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham
Leandra Mira (center) and other students at Fridays For Future climate event in June
Today marks the start of a worldwide effort of young people taking to the streets to demand bold action be taken to address climate change. From Sept. 20-27, participants in more than 150 countries will be protesting to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels as part of the Global Climate Strike.

Yesterday, Pittsburgh Public Schools acknowledged that some of its students would want to participate in the global event, but reminded parents and guardians that students would need to be signed out by a parent/guardian if students want to avoid an unexcused tardy or absence.


Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, as a vocal supporter of environmentalism and action on climate change, tweeted yesterday that he would be happy to sign permission slips for students, and would be doing so at the City-County Building portico today from 12-12:30 p.m.



However, it is unclear if Peduto’s signature would actually excuse students. Pittsburgh Public School board member Moira Kaleida tweeted this morning that permission slips must be signed by a parent/guardian to count, not elected officials.


According to KDKA, Peduto’s office is unsure if the mayor can legally sign permission slips for students. According to Peduto's public schedule, he will be attending the climate strike starting at noon today. At 9:45 a.m. today, Peduto tweeted a clarification that he will only sign slips that already have a parent/guardian signature.



State Rep. Sara Innamorato initially followed Peduto’s lead, indicating she would love to sign permission slips for students wanting to participate in the Global Climate Strike. But this morning she withdrew that statement in response to Kaleida’s tweet, and tweeted she would offer high fives to students instead.



Pittsburgh’s Youth Climate Strike will start at Downtown’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sixth Avenue at 11 a.m. and then participants will march to the City-County Building, where local climate activist Leandra Mira will lead the strike.

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