Climate Strike: A Conversation with Ella Eskenazi

Climate Strike: A Conversation with Ella Eskenazi

by Gloria Davidova

Editor’s Note: The following transcribes an interview with junior Ella Eskenazi, who helped organize the opportunity for University students to attend the Climate Strike in Indianapolis this March.

Why did you go? Why is this important especially for the younger generations?

Ella: I went to the Climate Strike to demand greater action on the issue of climate change. As someone who has grown up in suburban Indianapolis, I have still managed to be greatly influenced by a connection to the environment. To be quite honest, I am dissatisfied by the lack of priority placed on climate justice, granted its integral role on not only the planet, but social justice, as well. As part of being a member of this global community, we have to find ways to manipulate values imposed by society that must ultimately be rendered our own. We should recognize that the future we propose is not just a future for adults, it will be ours one day, too. While nearly all participants, including myself, are too young to vote, I felt that my involvement was fulfilling. It helped me and others see the importance of the messages we send to each other; they have the ability to empower others when we use our words with love and respect.


Do you think this event was effective for the politicians? Was your goal achieved?

Ella: In a broad sense, I think the strike was effective at bringing to attention the number of people the lack-of-action would greatly affect. Even visually,  there was a diverse array of people who cared so deeply about the topic. While we were not given adequate space to propose Indiana-specific laws or points of action, there was a need being attended to. Further, we stood in solidarity with overarching campaigns such as Zero Hour and Julianna v. United States.


What did your poster say? What did it mean to you?

Ella: On my poster I wrote, “Tree Houses > Penthouses.” I drew a fall scene on the tree side and left the cityscape black and white. Literally, one can infer my preference for mountains and forests over urban settings. On a symbolic level, I think there is also the notion of a less vibrant world were action not to be demanded on matters such as climate change. The posters were all really engaging and often political. I tried to keep mine within the somewhat simplistic realm of American economics.

Image courtesy of Ella Eskenazi

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