TAMPA, Fla. — The Green New Deal has been a contentious proposal for lawmakers since the Democrats began pushing the initiative to fight climate change.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York called for a Green New Deal, which is intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. 

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On Friday, young people in Tampa rallied to demand lawmakers take legislative action toward the deal and against climate change. 

"They are striking because they believe the climate crisis should be declared a national emergency since time is running out," a press release from student organizer Anika Nayak stated. 

The march was in unison with thousands of similar youth events across the country.

The rally happened began at 3 p.m. at Tampa City Hall and included students from local Tampa high schools, colleges and universities. 

The young American activists say they were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg who has been striking in Europe and Australia since August 2018. 

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