For over a year, millions of students across the globe have been “striking” by leaving their classrooms every Friday, to call attention to how the climate crisis is devastating homes, land, and communities. From April 22 to 24, young people and adults across the US and world will strike again in record numbers to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.
The climate crisis is the largest threat to our world and futures as we know it. Young people refuse to sit by as our future is destroyed around us. From April 22nd to April 24th, we will send a collective message that we refuse to go to school and work while greed threatens our future. We are asking for everyone to join us: young, old, and everyone in-between.
We are already experiencing terrifying impacts such as stronger and more frequent hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts, and more. Scientists agree that our window to slow the climate crisis is closing rapidly. Failing to take action on climate is unacceptable, and has already hurt many people. Any further delay will deny our generation and future generations a livable, just future.
These climate won’t solve the climate crisis alone. What we can do at this moment is demonstrate that people are no longer willing to continue with business as usual. The urgency of the climate crisis requires a new approach and a just response centred on human rights, equity, and justice.
Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. This round of strikes, adults will once again join youth at strikes planned across the world. By growing and unifying a multigenerational climate movement, the strike will be the launch of a new era of rigor for just and equitable climate action.
No. We are committed 100% to non-violence at all the strikes.
No. We understand that to create the lasting change we need to address the climate crisis, we need all the support we can get. For this reason, the young people and adults leading the three days of climate action are bipartisan and welcome everyone to join their local strike.
Yes! Like previous strikes, these upcoming strikes are purposefully intergenerational. Youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are all coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future.
The climate strike movement is a grassroots driven, people-powered movement. Ahead of the September 20th Climate Strikes, the leading U.S. youth-led climate organizations came together to form a Youth Climate Strike Coalition to create more space for collaboration and unification for September 20th The group is coordinated by Future Coalition and includes DivestEd, Earth Guardians, Earth Uprising, Extinction Rebellion Youth U.S., Friday For Future USA, International Indigenious Youth Council, Sunrise, US Youth Climate Strike, and Zero Hour. In forming this coalition, the organizations agreed to unite under a common purpose and committed to consensus-based decision making. This youth-led Climate Strike Coalition has also invited supportive adult organizations to join the Adult Coalition. The adult coalition members are: 350.org, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), Center for Biological Diversity, The Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Hawks Vote, GreenFaith, Greenpeace, Hip Hop Caucus, Interfaith Power & Light, Labor Network for Sustainability, League of Conservation Voters (LCV), March On, Mothers Out Front, Move On, National Wildlife Federation, NextGen America, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Our Children’s Trust, Oxfam, SEIU, & Sierra Club.
In a few weeks, we will provide a full host toolkit that includes everything needed to plan your Earth Day strike event. Until then, here’s a quick run-down of each day for upcoming Earth Day actions. Keep in mind – this is a rough framework, and meant to be used as a guide! You can feel free to host any kind of event on any of the three days in support of climate action:
DAY 1 – EARTH DAY 50 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we will together launch one of the most powerful civic actions for environmental protection in our history. Wednesday is dedicated to training, learning, and storytelling, with a focus on reflection of our roles in the climate movement.
Earth Day will focus on Indigenous leadership, with a focus on listening to the wisdom and experiences of Indigenous elders and youth. The day will also focus on faith leadership, inviting religious and faith leaders to participate and inspire others.
In addition to more traditional Earth Day activities, some of the ideas to tie into this day of action include (but aren’t limited to) sunrise and/or sunset ceremonies, candlelight vigils, special religious services and teach-ins.
DAY 2 – THURSDAY, APRIL 23
Day two will be a day of demanding accountability through community action. Students will be demanding campuses divest from fossil fuels, while adults will target banks, including Wells Fargo, Liberty Mutual, and Chase, to take their money out of fossil fuel investments, with strong support from the Stop the Money Pipeline Coalition, a coalition focused on halting the money that banks, insurance companies, and asset managers use to fund climate destruction.
Thursday will also be a day of massive voter registration events across the country, with the goal of registering as many new voters as possible.
DAY 3 – FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Friday is the international and intergenerational day of strikes, similar to the Climate Strike actions on September 20, 2019. This is a day to show our collective power through mass mobilizations, with a focus on politicians and governments to take transformative action to address the climate crisis.
We invite you to be a part of organizing the hundreds of strike events that will occur across the country, including at city halls, state capitol buildings, and parks.