March 15 is the International Day of Youth Climate Strikes

This Friday, thousands of young climate activists across the globe will skip school and take to the streets in the Youth Climate Strike event. The teens hope to draw attention to the severity of the climate crisis and convince lawmakers to take action on climate change.

Students in at least 71 countries will participate in the strike, making up what could be one of the biggest environmental protests in history. The strikes began last year when Greta Thunberg of Sweden, 15, skipped class to sit outside of the Swedish Parliament to draw attention to climate change after Sweden experienced their hottest summer on record. In the United States, strikes are planned in more than 100 cities.

Tennessee State Parks will offer free guided hikes in late March

On Saturday, March 23, park rangers will offer free guided spring hikes in all of Tennessee’s 56 state parks. There will be hikes offered to fit every fitness level, from short hikes to longer trails that traverse tougher terrain.

The annual spring hiking event is organized to encourage visitors to explore the parks and to meet other people who also enjoy the outdoors. Hikers are encouraged to prepare for any kind of weather, wear good footwear, and bring along some snacks and water. For a full list of guided hikes in the state, click here.