2020 is a critical year for climate action. As we approach the US elections and the consequences of climate change are becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling. 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, 2019, and again on November 29 and December 6, the adults joined us.
We meant it when we said we are prepared to take the movement to the next level. We recently announced our plans for three days of striking, launching on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, and ending on April 24.
On Wednesday, April 22, we will show our collective power and unity, with millions of young people and adults participating in thousands of strikes across the country. On this historic day of climate action, we will center and hear from Indigenous people and people of color and reflect on our personal connections to the earth.
On Thursday, April 23, we will participate in community action, with young people on college campuses demanding their schools divest from fossil fuels while adults target financial institutions with a clear ask: quit profiting off the destruction of our planet.
On Friday, April 24, we will focus on escalated actions targeting elected officials, with a demand that the climate crisis is addressed urgently. As the finale of the three days of climate action, a central focus of the day is on voter registration, with an ask that eligible voters register to vote and pledge to use their voice and vote in 2020.
Led by a diverse coalition of youth-led and adult-led organizations, the strike coalition is shuttling us into a new era of climate action across the world. We are training, expanding, and strengthening in preparation to carry this momentum through 2020, and beyond, to ensure real, bold action is taken to address the climate crisis.
We are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect our futures. We will stop going to school. We will stop going to work. We refuse to participate in a society and economy that is actively destroying our generation’s chance at a livable future.