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& # 39; It's Spectacular & # 39 ;: Climate Activists Paint Fantastic Mural on Two Blocks of Montgomery St.

Climate activists painted a two-block long stretch of San Francisco's Montgomery Street on Wednesday, creating a stunning mural of patterns and colors . [19659011] The mural is part of a protest called "Strike for Climate Justice" which has taken over the Financial District and calls for urgent action against climate change and demanding companies stop supporting the fossil fuel industry.

"The mural is painted on the street, the curb to the curb, along the entire width of Montgomery Street between Sacramento and Pine Street," Mary Spadaro, who looked at the mural painted from her office in a Montgomery building. "It's pretty spectacular. Someone had to plan this quite carefully and measure it. It's amazing how fast they painted this."

The mural has 14 separate designs, each to convey a vision of a "resilient, sustainable and safe world necessary for survival," according to the website "Strike for Climate Justice".

Demonstrations started at 7am and are expected to continue until 11am. 17 At least four major intersections will be blocked during the day and motorists are asked to avoid the financial district.

In addition to painting the mural, protesters also blocked traffic and stood outside the banks with signs demanding that the banks separate from the fossil fuel industry and invest only in companies focused on "technologies that have ecological renewal," according to KRON- TV.

The protesters' signs contained messages that read "Leave the oil in the ground" and "Rise to great oil." [19659011] ALSO: Bay Area students skip school to join San Francisco climate strike

The protest comes after Friday's worldwide youth-led climate march with thousands of students descending on Market Street.

Amy Graff is a digital editor for SFGATE. Email:

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