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Youth Announce Next Wave of Global Climate Strikes to Demand Bold Climate Action Ahead of International Climate Negotiations
–Taking Place Across the U.S. and Globally, the 11/29 and 12/6 Strike will Demand Meaningful Results from the COP25 Meeting–
After a historic youth strike last month when millions of people left school and work to demand action on climate change, youth are calling on people to take to the streets once again during international climate negotiations. The strikes will take place on November 29th (Black Friday) and December 6th.
The announcement for a youth-led climate mobilization comes as Tick Fire and Kincade Fire engulf California, causing millions without power and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate. Both fires are signals of climate change.
“The United States is on track to be the only country not in the Paris agreement. To protect our future, we need the U.S. and youth to have a seat at the international table to ensure the climate crisis is addressed through ambitious solutions,” said Sophie Anderson, Co-National Coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth US.
The strikes are being called in response to COP25, an international climate conference where country leaders will converge in Chile to negotiate implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement. President Trump has announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the only country in the world that would not be part of the climate plan to keep warming to 1.5 degrees.
The December strike builds on the momentum of September 20th’s historic Climate Strike, the largest youth-led climate mobilization in United States history. With over 650,000 people in the United States striking across over 1,300 events, and 7 million worldwide, September 20th was a call for elected officials and world leaders to rise up and address the climate emergency with swift and effective policies.
“As the 2020 election draws near, young people are making it clear that we will support and vote for leaders who will listen to us because we will be here, striking, marching, rallying, and voting. This is a movement, not a moment,” said Isra Hirsi, Co-Executive Director of US Youth Climate Strike.
In September, the Youth Climate Strike Coalition released five policy demands: respect for indigenous land, environmental justice, protecting biodiversity, the implementation of sustainable agriculture, and a Green New Deal.
Coordinated by Future Coalition, the Youth Climate Strike Coalition includes organizations such as Earth Guardians, Earth Uprising, Fridays for Future USA, Extinction Rebellion-Youth, International Indigenous Youth Council, Sunrise Movement, US Youth Climate Strike, and Zero Hour.
The Climate Strike is a multigenerational and intersectional movement, with youth-led organizations leading national organizing efforts with support from an adult coalition, including organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Greenfaith, Hip Hop Caucus, NRDC, SEIU, and March On.
The Youth Climate Strike Coalition is composed of the following organizations:
Earth Guardians is an organization that empowers young environmental and social leaders through education, tools and resources, in order to become effective leaders in their communities.
Earth Uprising is a global, youth led organization focusing on climate education, climate advocacy and mobilizing young people to take direct action for their future.
Extinction Rebellion Youth is led by a community of young people within Extinction Rebellion, a network focused on coordinating national civil disobedience actions to draw attention to and persuade governments to act on the climate and ecological emergency.
Fridays for Future USA is a people-led movement around the climate crisis. Founded in August 2018, Fridays for Future was inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg, who sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.
Future Coalition is a national network and community for youth-led organizations and youth leaders. Future Coalition works collaboratively to provide young people with the resources, tools, and support they need to create the change they want to see in their communities and in this country.
The International Indigenous Youth Council is an organization that seeks to organize youth through education, spiritual practices and civic engagement to create positive change in our communities.
Sunrise Movement is a youth-led movement of young people committed to stopping the climate crisis. Sunrise Movement is currently leading actions around a Green New Deal and need for a Democratic debate dedicated to climate change.
US Youth Climate Strike is a youth-led movement that helped organize over 424 student strikes occurring in at least 45 states on March 15, 2019.
Zero Hour is an intersectional movement around climate change. In 2018, Zero Hour organized the first official Youth Climate March in 25 cities around the world and laid the groundwork for the climate strike movement.