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Students in Kalamazoo react to teacher's hunger strike

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Students at Kalamazoo Central High School demonstrated by Drake Road today to support a teacher who’s on the third day of a weeklong hunger strike.

Josh Gottlieb, who teaches physics at K-Central, is protesting likely cuts to President Biden’s plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions. After going more than 50 hours without food he said was tired, and of course, hungry.

I was telling some of these guys I could just destroy some Taco Bell right now, but it could be worse.

Gottlieb was seated while students walked by the road, gesturing for motorists to honk. Many brought signs urging action on climate change, including 10th grader Ciara Smith.

It says, “act now or die later,” and it says “it is all of our problem.” And it shows a picture of a polar bear on a melting iceberg.

Does Smith think Gottlieb’s crazy to go without food for a week?

Yes, but I mean he’s trying to make a point, so he’s doing whatever he can.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.