Most of America’s greenhouse gas emissions come from burning oil, coal and gas, also known as fossil fuels. These greenhouse gas emissions, and the fossil fuel billionaires responsible for them, are pushing our climate to the brink of collapse and hurting our communities in real time. This is especially true for those of us who are poor, people of color, and otherwise marginalized.
All forms of inequality get magnified by climate change. From housing to healthcare, everything gets worse when a wildfire or hurricane is at your doorstep, or when oil and gas billionaires come to town to build a pipeline or a refinery in your backyard. While we suffer, our elected officials keep pandering to the billionaires responsible for this crisis.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Working together, we can take action within our communities and across differences to build a more just and sustainable future. For over a year, youth across America have been catalyzing the work to do just that. On September 20th, all of us are called to join young people in the streets to demand climate justice for all. In the week that follows, we’ll continue to mobilize to create the changes, and the solutions, we know we need.
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Young people around the world have been shaking things up in the last year with Fridays for Futureschool strikes for the climate. As we deal with devastating climate breakdown and hurtle towards dangerous tipping points, young people are calling on people of all ages to disrupt business as usual by joining the global climate strikes on September 20, and a week of escalated actions through September 27.
Together, we will sound the alarm and show our politicians that business as usual is no longer an option. The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we.
What is planned?
Millions of school climate strikers have been leaving their classrooms every Friday. Now, they hope that everyone else will join them in action. Going on climate strike means people everywhere walking out of their homes, jobs and classes.
Everyone is needed to disrupt business as usual: from food industry workers, custodians and delivery drivers to teachers, doctors and lawyers, and everyone in between. We can all take part, whatever our circumstances, by refusing to accept the status quo.
People in 150 countries are already organizing for the global climate strikes this September. Some will spend the day in protest against new pipelines and mines, or the banks that fund them; some will highlight the oil companies fueling this crisis and the politicians that enable them. Others will spend the day in action raising awareness in their communities and pushing for solutions to the climate crisis that have justice and equity at their heart.
On a grossly unequal planet, not everyone will be able to take a day off or take part in the same way. But we can all take a stand and make our voices heard. Find out how.
Why go on #ClimateStrike?
The climate crisis is here — and already hurting millions of people.
Our climate is on the brink of collapse. Millions of people in the US and around the world are already feeling the effects of rising seas and powerful droughts, heatwaves, storms, floods and fires.
A handful of oil, coal, and gas billionaires have driven us to this point. And our elected officials have protected and enabled them for years.
Meanwhile, the people displaced, harmed, and killed by the climate crisis and the industries causing it have often been those who are least responsible — people of color, the poor, and Indigenous nations.
We have the power to create change.
We know what the solutions are. We have the means to implement them. And working together, we can build the political power we need to take down the fossil fuel industry and kickstart a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations, and climate justice at its heart.
If we don’t act now to transition fairly and swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy access for all, the injustice of the climate crisis will only get worse.
But it’s going to take all of us working together to succeed. Join the Climate Strikes starting on September 20 – and continuing with additional events through September 27.
Millions of us will walk out from home, work, school or university to declare a climate emergency and show our politicians what action in line with climate science and justice means.
The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we.
What difference will it make?
These Climate Strikes won’t solve the climate crisis alone. What this moment can do 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 centered on human rights, equity, and justice.
Millions of students around the world have been sounding the alarm for over a year. Now it’s everyone’s turn to stand with young people and show world leaders the people power demanding climate justice. September’s climate strikes will kickstart a huge wave of action and renewed ambition all over the world.
Who is going on climate strike?
Everyone! School strikers are aiming to make September 20 their biggest mobilization yet, while unions and adults everywhere are preparing their own actions from September 20-27.
We already know that environmental, public health, social justice, and development groups will join in. But our greatest hope is mobilize millions of people across all sectors of society. After all, we share this planet together. So it only makes sense for all of us to fight for it.
It will take all of our efforts to get millions of us in the streets worldwide. So join us. Our window for effective climate action is closing fast.
What are you asking for?
The climate crisis is already here — we want everyone to start acting like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.
Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people. If we don’t act now to transition fairly and swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all, the injustice of the climate crisis will only get worse.
We need to act right nowto stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart.
What if I can’t go on strike?
Workers’ rights and labor laws vary hugely around the world, and not everyone can work, strike, or be part of a union. On a grossly unequal planet, some of us can’t do without a single day’s pay, and some of us work for bosses who would fire us if we dared try.
And some jobs simply can’t stop: emergency room doctors should keep on saving lives. But many of us can put off for 24 hours our usual work, confident it will be there when we return.
The strike called by youth on September 20 will kick start a week of climate action with many different plans underway in different parts of the world allowing adults to join together, step up and take action for our climate.
Here is a range of ways you could join the Climate Strikes if you’re unable to leave your workplace.
Who is supporting climate strikes?
Climate strikes were started by school students organizing through the #FridaysForFuture platform.
This Global Climate Strike mobilization is a joint response by a broad coalition of groups, NGOs, unions and social movements across the world to young people’s call to action for September.
Absolutely! School strikers have invited everyone to walk out in solidarity with them on Friday September 20 and 27. This is a global moment to show politicians everywhere that our movement is growing from strength to strength and we won’t stop until we get climate justice for everyone. This is only the beginning.
Why September 20-27?
As young climate strikers have shown, there is huge power in sustained action to match the scale of the climate emergency. These dates in September are only a beginning to the sustained mass mobilization that will be needed to pressure world governments to take action in line with climate science and justice.
On September 20, 3 days before a UN emergency climate summit being held in New York, young people in the Fridays For Future network are mobilizing for their largest global climate strike ever. They have invited everyone to join them on Friday, September 20 and again the following Friday, September 27 when they will join Earth Strike for a general strike.
In the week between September 20 and September 27, people around the US will mobilize locally in a series of escalated actions intended to build on the pressure created by the mobilization on September 20th. You can find these events in the map at the top of this page.
Global Climate Strike partners encourage everyone to join on both dates and well beyond.