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"I feel able to have a voice for people who don't," said Coffey. "The earth is incredibly influenced by the decisions we make, especially in our country. I have a strong desire to use my voice to speak for the people, animals and the world that cannot."
Coffey feels that Flagstaff is on the right track on its path to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Organizers have heard of shoe strikes on Saturday in Verde Valley, Page, Cottonwood, Sedona and other parts of Arizona. She hopes the movement will have the momentum to keep popping up at least once a month.
Alatorre said he hopes to show people how climate change will continue to displace people. The World Bank estimates that climate change will displace 143 million people a year by 2050. The majority of the displaced are likely to be from island nations where seawater is flooding islands or drinking water reservoirs, Alatorre said.
In Arizona, people with enough money to buy second homes or travel to Flagstaff will increasingly rely on the city's cooler, yet warming climate as temperatures rise. Meanwhile, people who cannot afford to cool their homes are first hit by extreme temperatures.
"The people who contributed the least to this crisis will be hardest hit," said Alatorre.