This Friday, September 20 millions of people around the world are standing with young climate strikers to demand an end to fossil fuels and a solution to our climate crisis. Labeled the Global Climate Strike, this protest is led by our girl (and hero) Greta Thunberg.
If you haven't heard of Greta Thunberg by now, she's the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who, last year, began demanding more action from her government on climate change with weekly protests. She also started #FridaysForFuture, a people's movement to save the planet.
Thunberg chose to start The Global Climate strike on September 20 to send a message to the world. This comes just a few days before the Climate Action Summit on September 23, where countries all over the world come together to discuss their goals to combat greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Thunberg tells Teen Vogue, “If you can’t be in the strike, then, of course, you don’t have to... but I think if there is one day you should join, this is the day.”
If you're in New York City on Friday, meet Thunberg and millions of others at Foley Square starting at noon. From there, they plan to rally and march around the city, ending in Battery Park. New York City's public schools have even excused 1.1 million students to join the strike.
And it's not just young people joining in. In Sweden, a group of senior citizens called Gretas Gamilingar plan to participate. Indigenous activists, labor groups, humanitarian groups, and environmental organizations like Greenpeace and 350.org will join in, too. Outdoor companies such as Patagonia and Burton and beauty brand LUSH will also close their doors on Friday to stand with young climate strikers as they fight for our future's climate justice.
Join young climate strikers this Friday! Here's how:
- RSVP to Participate in a climate strike near you.
- Be an ally and stand with young climate strikers.
- Organize a climate strike in your city.
- Organize a climate strike in your school.
This is a huge step in the movement to save the planet. Young people have the largest stake in a world affected by climate change and they are doing everything they can to reshape the future of their home. But they shouldn't have to do it alone. If we want to save the planet, we must do it together! Consider joining the climate strike this Friday. We're betting this is likely going to be one of the largest environmental protests in history.