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. 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 took to the streets in record numbers to strike 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.
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.
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 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 kicked-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.
On September 20, young people and adults held strikes 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.
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 joined 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 who led the September 20th Climate Strikes are bipartisan and welcome everyone to join their local strike.
Yes!! School strikers have invited everyone to walk out in solidarity with them. 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.
The September 20th strikes were the kick-off a week of global climate action. Beyond that, in the U.S., we made the September 20th strikes the launch of a new era of the climate movement that will carry us to 2020 and beyond.
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 the coalition. 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.