Across Minnesota Friday, thousands of young protesters left school to join the global climate strike.
Events were held in more than a dozen cities. A few hundred people gathered in Duluth, and Mayo Clinic in Rochester encouraged employees designated as "green advocates" to attend events there.
A few thousand people — the Associated Press said police estimated the crowd at about 6,000 — also gathered at the State Capitol in St. Paul.
Jen Foley of Dayton, Minn., took her 12-year-old twins Iris and Kieran out of school to join the demonstration.
"I think it's really important that they are involved in this because it's their future,” she said. “Half of my life is over. Theirs is just beginning. It's been a beautiful world for me and I want it to be a beautiful world for them."
The protesters are demanding immediate action on climate change and major reductions in emissions of the heat-trapping gases that are making natural disasters like heat waves and flooding worse.