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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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Climate Action Volunteer (DIY)

Brightest (Climate)

Flexible times and locations

If you're concerned about climate change, remember: you're not alone, and you have a lot of power - even more power than you might think you do. Climate anxiety can make us feel scared, sad, and helpless sometimes, and it's important to acknowledge that, grieve, and take the personal wellness and care steps we need. But that sadness and frustration can also become a powerful motivator to act, which is especially important because acting - and activism - works. So what are the best things to do? You can: 1. Go on climate strike on any and every Friday with the #FridaysForFuture movement. Some people strike alone, some people strike with their friends, family-members, and/or classmates. Wherever and however you go on climate strike, it's a symbolically important act that can raise awareness about this critical issue. We have some helpful climate strike resources here. 2. Host a climate awareness house party or conversation with family or friends. Feel free to use our meeting guide and kickoff event template here. 3. Go tabling or canvassing in your neighborhood, on campus, or at a local event or fair. If you aren't part of an organization or environmental movement and want to look more official feel free to borrow our brand and do it on behalf of Brightest. We support you. Feel free to come up with your own climate action ideas and get creative. Simply taking **some** action is psychologically proven to make you feel better, and will likely also help you meet and build relationships with other people in your community who are also concerned about environmental and climate justice. Even small acts can add up to big change, and let us know if we can help.

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