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Global Climate Strike (September 20)

Fridays for Future

Sept. 19, 2019, 8 p.m. - Sept. 27, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

To date, young people have led the climate strikes around the world. Now we need adults to join us too. On September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future, the Youth Climate Strike movements, and all of our international friends and allies call for a global general strike. Mark and add it to your calendar. Workers everywhere, please: we are asking you to join us and walk away from a system that is destroying our planet and will threaten the survival of millions of people, plants, and animals within the next 10, 20, 30 years. We don’t feel like we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. Politicians and fossil fuel companies have known about climate change for decades. They have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence. This crisis is very real, and it cannot be ignored any longer. We have learned that if we don’t start acting for our future, nobody else will make the first move. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Once again our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel a lot of adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job. We young people can contribute to a larger fight and that can make a huge difference. We can't do this with you and everyone you know. So this is our invitation. Starting on Friday, September 20 we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking adults to step up alongside us. There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate. Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history. During the French revolution mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale – while the planet burns. This moment has to happen. Last year’s UN intergovernmental panel on climate change’s special report on global warming was clear about the unprecedented dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global heating. Emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time we are in our mid- and late-20s we are living in a completely transformed world. But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance – we have shown that collective action does work. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together. So this is our chance – join us on climate strike this September. People have risen up before to demand action and make change; if we do so in numbers we have a chance. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act. This won’t be the last day we need to take to the streets, but it will be a new beginning. We’re counting on you. As we get closer to September 20th and more local information on events, actions, and strikes are available and get planned we will be sharing them here on Brightest. #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike

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Volunteer to Become a Bike Buddy and Cycle with Refugees in London

The Bike Project

Flexible times and locations

Bike Buddies is a volunteer program that matches our refugee cyclists with a buddy in their local area to help them build confidence using their bike. If you love cycling and would like to share your knowledge of local short-cuts, safer routes and nice green spaces, then we need you! As a buddy, you'll be matched with a refugee cyclist and go cycling together! The main aim is to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, reduce isolation, improve well-being and encourage social integration and greater independence. Depending on what you and your buddy want and need, your rides could: - Practise cycling skills - Take a tour of the local area on your favourite quiet routes, secret short cuts and safe cycle paths - Show them local services, particularly low-cost or free facilities like a library, gallery, post office or leisure centre - Cycle to your buddy's appointment or help them with a task such as opening a bank account - Be for the sheer joy of cycling! We ask for you to commit to cycling with your refugee buddy at least 3 times. However, you're welcome (and encouraged!) to meet up more frequently than this and for as long as like. As a Volunteer Buddy, you're also very welcome to match with more than one refugee buddy at a time. Fun times! Please note, this is a pilot scheme and we’re starting with a limited intake. We’re very grateful to those who want to volunteer with us. However, we need to ensure we have a spread of volunteers across London, so we won’t be able to invite all those who apply to join us for a volunteer’s induction session, but we will do our best to accommodate your interest and get involved.

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Volunteer to Help Refugees in the UK

Refugee Action

Flexible times

Volunteering with Refugee Action puts you at the heart of our work. There are a range of ways you can help, from making refugees welcome in their new communities to helping us in our offices. With ongoing crises in parts of the world like Syria, your help is needed more than ever. Volunteers are involved in all our teams and in every service we run. They bring a huge wealth of experience to what we do and come from a broad range of backgrounds, life experiences and ages. Volunteering with Refugee Action offers excellent opportunities to make new friends while supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. It can also help you to develop your skills and experience. In a survey of our volunteers, 100% replied that they would recommend volunteering with Refugee Action to other people. Things for you to consider about this volunteer opportunity: - Most volunteering opportunities require a (part time) minimum time commitment of six months. If the time is less than six months clearly stated in the volunteer role description - Some of our roles require a DBS check (formally known as a CRB check), to work with vulnerable people we support. Refugee Action will help you fill in the application. - Many volunteering opportunities are available to people who are improving their English, but some roles may require a high level of English or existing IT or digital skills. - Most (but not all) volunteer opportunities require availability during office hours. In return, you'll receive from Refugee Action: - For roles that require working with refugees and asylum seekers, you will receive Comprehensive basic training that may include refugee awareness, working with people from different cultures, confidentiality and boundaries, safeguarding and working with interpreters. - On-going project training and development - Regular support and supervision sessions - Reasonable travel expenses and lunch where appropriate - Access to our Refugee Action well-being and development resources If you have other questions about volunteering with Refugee Action, please contact us.

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