FAQ

What does it mean to “strike” for the climate?
What is the purpose of the strike?
Why is the climate crisis at a critical point and why should it be a priority for everyone?
What are you hoping to achieve through these strikes?
What are you asking from the country’s leaders - what is your platform?
How is this strike different from prior climate protests?
Are the strikes going to be violent?
I want to start a strike, where do I start?
Is the strike associated with a political party?
Can I strike if I’m an adult?
What do you have planned once the strike concludes?
Who is in the strike coalition? There seem to be many groups claiming leadership, how are you working together for the common good?
Where do I find information about strikes happening outside of the United States?
What does it mean to “strike” for the climate?

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. Now, on September 20th, three days before the UN Climate Summit and on the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria, young people and adults across the US and world will strike in record numbers to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. By growing and unifying the multigenerational climate movement, the Global Climate Strike will be the launch of a new era of just and equitable climate action.

What is the purpose of the strike?

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. Ahead of the UN Global Climate Summit, young people and adults will be striking with a shared platform of demands in the U.S. to call attention to the issue and to build momentum for these demands to be met.

Why is the climate crisis at a critical point and why should it be a priority for everyone?

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.

What are you hoping to achieve through these strikes?

These Climate Strikes won’t solve the climate crisis alone. What we can do in 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. The September 20th strikes kick-off a week of global climate action. In the U.S. the strike will launch a new era of the climate movement that will carry us to 2020 and beyond with bold demands for what climate action must look like.

What are you asking from the country’s leaders - what is your platform?

On September 20, young people and adults will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. The Youth Climate Strike Coalition has issued a policy platform with specific demands, here.

How is this strike different from prior climate protests?

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. On September 20, for the first time, adults are joining 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.

Are the strikes going to be violent?

No. We are committed 100% to non-violence at all the strikes.

I want to start a strike, where do I start?

Find a strike near you to attend on September 20 by searching the map on strikewithus.org. If you don’t see an event in your area, organize one! We’ll provide everything you need to get started in planning something in your community so no experience is necessary.

Is the strike associated with a political party?

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 September 20th Climate Strikes are bipartisan and welcome everyone to join their local strike.

Can I strike if I’m an adult?

Yes!! School strikers have invited everyone to walk out in solidarity with them on Friday, September 20, 2019. Youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future.  Here is our Guide to Adult Allyship in Youth-led Movements.

What do you have planned once the strike concludes?

The September 20th strikes kick-off a week of global climate action. Beyond that, in the U.S., we envision the September 20th strikes as the launch of a new era of the climate movement that will carry us to 2020 and beyond.

Who is in the strike coalition? There seem to be many groups claiming leadership, how are you working together for the common good?

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 have come 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 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.

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