1. We’re going to make sure you’re ready
You already possess all you need to make the Global Climate Strikes monumental. The Climate Strike online trainings are an opportunity to share and hone these skills to make sure we can disrupt business as usual, create great strategies and go big with our people power!
Over the next week, these online trainings will be available to anyone who wants to skill-up with climate strikers around the world. Find one here.
We know this September is going to be bold and beautiful. This Youth Artivism Workshop in Cape Town saw young people from across several communities creating art and learning more about the fight for climate justice.
We are out in Cape Town today for the #YouthArtivismworkshop in the lead up to the Global Climate Strikes. Youths from across Cape Town communities are here to create art and learn more about Climate Change. pic.twitter.com/gfgygD6f6O
— 350 Africa (@350Africa) August 24, 2019
Have you started planning your murals and banners for September? For more great art resources, check out this Global Climate Strike Art Kit.
3. Young strikers are leading by example
Last week, Kalo Afeaki of the Pacific Climate Warriors gave an oral submission in front of a Select Committee in Parliament for the Zero Carbon Bill in Wellington, New Zealand. Young people are making their voices heard, and the world will have to listen.
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“My father told me to remember that I come from a long line of orators on all sides of my family, my old folks will be giving me good vibes today. If anything this really gave me strength and empowered me during the submission” Yesterday, our Pacific Climate Warrior, Kalo Afeaki in Wellington, NZ gave our oral submission in front of a Select Committee in Parliament for the Zero Carbon Bill that was submitted last month. The oral submission was a great way to stand in our truth and voice our concerns for the Zero Carbon Bill to ensure its targets are ambitious, responds to climate science and aligns with international frameworks including the Paris Agreement. https://medium.com/@350Pacific/350-pacific-pacific-climate-warriors-submission-to-the-environment-parliamentary-select-cecae5c53325
In September, the Pacific Climate Warriors will move with ‘Matagi Malohi’, a metaphor for the ‘strong winds’ that are shifting how the Pacific region works in a climate movement that affects their cultures, islands and their future.
4. Strikers know what they want
Youth organizers in the U.S announced their demands for the Global Climate Strikes, a set of bold demands and innovative solutions.
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🔊The Climate Strikes are next week- these are the US demands. We now have 600+ EVENTS on the map- making this the biggest climate mobilization yet. Will you join us? 🌎🌎350.org/strikeusa🌎🌎 Tag a friend in the comments below👇👇 who you plan to bring to the strike on September 20th. #StrikeWithUs #globalclimatestrike
“We know what we’re asking for goes beyond the scope of what’s been achieved so far, but that’s precisely why we’re demanding it.” – Katie Eder, 19, Executive Director of Future Coalition
5. We’re supported by unions
Many of the students who sparked the climate strikes around the world point to taking inspiration from workers and the labor movement. Just this week the International Trade Unions Congress, with 200 million members, endorsed the Global Climate Strike. Amazon workers at the company’s HQ in Seattle are walking out in their first strike in 25 years! Recently the South African Federation of Trade Unions, along with many other unions and workers groups worldwide have expressed support for the September Global Climate Strikes. Together, we can build an economy that puts the climate and workers first. And create millions of good-paying, green jobs in the process.
— 350 dot org (@350) August 26, 2019
Countries like Australia have also gathered huge support from a number of unions in organising their members to attend and also standing in solidarity with strikers. See the full list here.
6. Even companies know it’s not business as usual
A number of major business have decided put an end to ‘business as usual‘. Ahead of the September 20th Climate Strikes and the week of action from September 24th to 28th, major businesses including Ben & Jerry’s, Lush Cosmetics, Seventh Generation and Patagonia will join the Global Climate Strikes.
7. Biggest. Climate. Mobilisation. EVER.
Right now there are over 2500 strikes planned in 117 countries. There are over 600 strikes planned in the U.S, covering every single state. People of all ages will be striking for climate justice across all continents, in a multitude of ways and languages.
If these reasons aren’t enough to get you pumped for September, then hopefully this meme will remind you that what we’re up against is big, but what we are capable of together is much, much bigger. Go forth, brave climate strikers – a week of legendary climate action awaits.