ME students are taking part in a global student strike Friday over a lack of action on climate change, following the lead of a 16-year-old Swedish girl who skipped school for three weeks to protest in front of Sweden's parliament building.
And through it all, Thunberg began inspiring other students around the world to take action.
Today, whilst the adults around the world are spending their time arguing about how to build a wall to keep immigrants out, mine coal, or turn their passports blue, children are taking a stand against the biggest threat facing our planet; climate change.
Organizers expect anywhere from a few hundred a few thousand students could converge on Portland's City Hall to march, speak and ask leaders to support legislation to fight climate change.
"We don't want to strike", the 14-year-old said.
"The people in office now are not going to be here for the true effects of climate change", said Olivia Porrill, of Gardendale, who is a senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
The event is the offspring of youth strikes in Europe inspired by Greta Thunberg, a lone 15-year-old picketer at the Swedish Parliament.
Student protests in Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne drew tens of thousands of people.
High school and college student organizers of the rally joined area politicians and activists to call for more research and resources to combat climate change. "We won't accept that, we won't let that happen and that's why we go on strike".
The Friday protest comes ahead of tomorrow's planned "March of the Century", another similar climate change protest coordinated to take place on the same day as the gilets jaunes Acte 18 movement in Paris and beyond.
Greta Thunberg, who was named one of Time's Most Influential Teens of 2018, reportedly landed on the list of nominees this year after three Norwegian lawmakers put her name up, according to Norwegian media outlet VG.
"Especially if current trends in the environment continue, we'll see the one- or two-degree increase in our ocean, then it will simply become unsustainable and we could lose the entire Great Barrier Reef", he told the AFP news agency.
The group is also chanting: "You should be embarrassed that we pulled out of of Paris", a reference to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
Interested in Climate Change?"But obviously as teachers they're not allowed to condone us striking school".
"Time is running out to prevent the irreversible and unsafe impacts of climate change", the report says.
"There are a crisis in front of us that we have to live with, that we will have to live with for all our lives, our children, our grandchildren and all future generations", she said.
State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, encouraged students to call their legislators to stress the importance of supporting the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic stimulus programs aimed at addressing climate change and economic inequality.