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Kepler's offers free tickets to students for 'Green New Deal' book talk

Giveaway in solidarity with Youth Global Climate Strike

Kepler's Literary Foundation is offering 300 free tickets for students to an event with journalist Naomi Klein, author of "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," on Friday, Sept. 27.

The ticket giveaway is in solidarity with next week's Global Climate Strike, according to a press release.

The action encourages people of all ages to strike Sept. 20 or 27 to end fossil fuel use and promote climate justice, according to the website 350.org.

“Climate change poses an urgent threat and we are excited to see young people like (Swedish environmental activist) Greta Thunberg mobilizing all over the world to help us tackle this unprecedented challenge," said Jean Forstner, executive director of the literary foundation. "As part of our mission to engage our community, we are offering these free tickets to welcome local students to participate in a constructive and action-oriented evening with Naomi Klein, who has been called the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal."

“Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me," said 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a climate strike leader, in a press release. "She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency and an inspirer of generations.”

The event is set for the last day of the strike, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St. in San Mateo.

Free tickets go live at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 here. Students who sign up for the free tickets up must show student IDs or other proof of enrollment at the door.

In addition to the Klein event, local youth climate strikes are scheduled in San Jose, Palo Alto and San Mateo on Sept. 20 and 21:

● On Friday, Sept. 20, from 2:45 to 5 p.m. in San Jose. The event starts with a march from the Diridon Station to San Jose City Hall, followed by a rally with speakers and food.

● On Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., students will hold a climate strike march and rally at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto.

● On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. in San Mateo, an event is scheduled to take place at the corner of Third Avenue and El Camino Real.

Editor's Note: After the publication of this story The Almanac was informed that the tickets were intended to go live for students at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, not on Friday, Sept. 20. The story has been updated to reflect this detail.

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