Global Climate Strike 20 September
September 17, 2019 10:13 AM   Subscribe

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone. This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. On Friday the 20th – three days out from the UN’s Emergency Climate Summit -- take the day off to show our politicians that we’re serious about climate action. The world isn’t waiting, so neither are we. ​

That page has a searchable map of the world to help locate events near to you. Also, Australia, the USA, Great Britain, New Zealand and Germany. Happy for more to be added.

The people who contributed least to the problem stand to suffer the most, like people in small island countries with very low carbon emissions who are now threatened by sea level rise and extreme weather. And the worst consequences of unchecked warming will fall to future generations. Strikers are demanding that the policy response to climate change center on the issue of justice.

The People's Demands for Climate Justice.
Advance real solutions that are just, feasible, and essential
1. Transform energy systems away from corporate-controlled fossil fuels and other harmful sources such as nuclear, mega-hydro, and biofuels to a clean, safe system that empowers people and communities.
2. Support ecological restoration to recover natural sinks, and stop all projects that are extremely destructive of Earth’s natural capacity to absorb greenhouse gases.
3. Support global efforts for a just and equitable transition that enables energy democracy, creates new job opportunities, encourages distributed renewable energy, and protects workers and communities most affected by extractive economies.
4. Commit to policies that embrace agro-ecological practices and food sovereignty in place of “Climate Smart Agriculture”.
5. Facilitate and support non-market approaches to climate action.
6. Adopt a technology framework that recognizes the importance of endogenous and indigenous technologies and innovations in addressing climate change, and enables developing countries and communities to develop, access, and transfer environmentally sound, socially acceptable, gender responsive and equitable climate technologies.
7. Respect and enable non-corporate, community-led climate solutions that recognize the traditional knowledge, practices, wisdom, and resilience of indigenous peoples and local communities, and protect rights over their lands and territories.
8. Ensure participatory and transparent assessment of all proposed climate technologies and reject barriers to technology access and transfer such as intellectual property rights.

5 Things You Can Do During September's Climate Strike if You Can’t Leave Work
You likely don’t require convincing that climate change is the mother of all emergencies. But you might have some hesitation about striking. Maybe your manager won't let you take the day off. Maybe you worry you'll get fired if you take time off without permission. And for many people, missing work means missing income they literally can't afford to do without.
Social movement organizers contacted by VICE said that there are still ways to ensure the biggest possible impact for the climate strikes without risking your employment. Here are some of their suggestions.
posted by Acid Communist (47 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
And by doing these things, we can free ourselves of all the risks inherent in oil - Oil prices soar after attacks on Saudi facilities.
posted by happyinmotion at 10:34 AM on September 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

Taking the kiddo and some of his classmates to the local event Friday. I have the privilege to just take the day off and so does he, so I feel like that means we have to go for those who can't.
posted by emjaybee at 10:37 AM on September 17, 2019 [5 favorites]

If I leave my office doing a Naruto run, they can't fire me right?
posted by davelog at 10:51 AM on September 17, 2019 [12 favorites]

Not in all jurisdictions, I believe it's correlated with local adoption of the full body of international human rights law.
posted by Acid Communist at 11:06 AM on September 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

I’m going to an event near me. Thank you for spreading the word.

If you can’t leave work during the day, check for evening events (or start one!).
posted by delight at 11:13 AM on September 17, 2019 [2 favorites]

And if you want to know why governments systematically underestimate the costs of climate change, here's a good article on what's wrong with the models.

The debate about these economic models has finally spilled out of academia and it is frightening just how narrow and unrealistic they have been, ignoring the step changes, the extreme possibilities, and the uncertainties.

The deadly hidden risks within the most prominent economic model of climate change
posted by happyinmotion at 11:25 AM on September 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

I am visiting family in a small and deep red place in Colorado. I checked the map yesterday and discovered there is going to be a local gathering on Friday here at a park and I AM SO HAPPY. Not with the circumstances, of course, but that I have an actual opportunity to just show up as a physical manifestation of support the larger strike. Many thanks to all who are able to that or other things in support of the strike.

A buddy has become active with Extinction Rebellion (XR), in San Francisco, which has been protesting the incarnation of asylum seekers and the whole ripping-families-apart thing as well as working on the climate crisis. Apparently it was founded in the UK, has spread through Europe, and has several US branches.

I'm on the mailing list for the Swedish branch, which plans to join a big action in Berlin October 7. Other demonstrations are scheduled for London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Sydney. Honestly, I think mass actions are the only thing that is going to stop business as usual.

The Hong Kong protests have given me hope that maybe, just maybe, we can somehow throw wrenches into the system. Not only with mass protests but they cannot possibly hurt. The powers that be enjoy patting Greta Thunberg on the head and adding her to panels. But as she has pointed out, they don't actually respond to her message that we need to keep the damn oil in the ground and that this is a crisis and we need to act like it. Instead the powers that be (corporations, governments, etc.) continues to encourage/allow unabated pollution while waiting for some deus ex machina technological wet dream to magically rescue our asses.

And it is all related: the climate crisis, migration, poverty, pollution, racism and bigotry, unchecked power and privilege. XR's US demands include: ... a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.

I don't imagine I will live long enough to see the results of XR's work, should it come to fruition. But I am hopeful because I have to be. I feel obligated to be both hopeful and active on behalf of my grandchildren and everyone else's children and grandchildren.
posted by Bella Donna at 12:16 PM on September 17, 2019 [8 favorites]

Greta Thunberg to senators: 'you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry' (Guardian)
At a meeting of the US Senate climate change task force, lawmakers praised a group of young activists for their leadership and their resolve. And then they asked the teens to offer their recommendations for how Congress might combat one of the most urgent global threats.

“Please save your praise, we don’t want it,” said Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist who has galvanized young people across the world to strike for more action to combat the impact of global warming. “Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it. It doesn’t lead to anything.

“If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise,” she continued. “We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard.”

“I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry,” she said.
posted by katra at 12:27 PM on September 17, 2019 [42 favorites]

I'll be at the Aberystwyth event. We had our first XR Cymru training festival not far from there over the weekend.
posted by ceiriog at 12:29 PM on September 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

Cool, there's one in Astoria! I have just invited my office to spend our lunch half hours at the rally. OK it's not a strike exactly - but we're a nonprofit and everyone we can motivate to be there adds visibility.
posted by mygothlaundry at 12:42 PM on September 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

I've been carrying posters whenever I go out for the past two weeks to put up around town here in Portland. Heard a highschool senior last night at a Climate Reality Project speak to a room full of mostly 40+-year-olds on the demands that the youth are making to the city. Portland Public School has said that they will excuse students if they say they are going to the climate strike. However, outside of the climate activist circles, seems like only a small percentage of people are aware of this event so we need more outreach! I feel like a few things need emphasizing:

- It's youth led, but we want everyone there, adults and youth.
- This is a concerted global strike made up of many local events
- We need as many people as possible to show up to make lawmakers pay attention!!

I really hope we get more than a few thousand in NYC (the estimate in the Vox article)...
posted by bread-eater at 1:07 PM on September 17, 2019 [3 favorites]

NYC says 1.1M students can skip school for climate strike protest (Axios)
School districts are debating what position to take after New York City announced that 1.1 million public school students could skip classes without penalties to join the global youth climate strikes Friday, the New York Times reports.
posted by katra at 2:28 PM on September 17, 2019 [2 favorites] seems to be different than the one linked (.net).
The Global Climate Strike: Why We Can’t Wait, 2014
The world’s capitals will not end the old economy or deliver the new one. We can’t wait any longer because every day of waiting reduces our window for action. We need not wait because we already hold the knowledge needed for creating the new economy. And because a global climate strike can stop the machine responsible for creating the climate crisis, the most powerful person may be you.
This first call for a Global Climate Strike initiated organizing for the climate strike process via the Global Climate Convergence, World Social Forum, People's Climate Convergence, Democracy Convention, and Global Greens in the Fall of 2014. It appeared first in TruthOut and was widely circulated and reprinted.
posted by Glinn at 5:41 PM on September 17, 2019

Oh, and here's some arts information, including a link to art/poster toolkits. (fyi it is stuff to download. always be careful, etc.)
posted by Glinn at 5:44 PM on September 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you can't go, see if you can inform your workplace by posting a few graphics, described & linked to here.
(and thanks for the art page Glinn.)
posted by ClimateCal at 5:55 AM on September 18, 2019 [4 favorites]

The "graphics described & linked to here" in previous comment include --

The 'projected temperature rise to 2100, relative to past 2000 years (of climate stability)' figure (note: I rarely see people using this one, and I don't know why), the 'staying within our CO2 emissions budget, possible trajectories' one,
and maybe the map that shows cumulative emissions by country (U.S., we're #1),
and, maybe the one that shows how our fossil fuel consumption has continued to rise.
And if you're near sea level, ...
posted by ClimateCal at 6:04 AM on September 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it.

Gather your loved ones and your most treasured possessions and flee.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:12 AM on September 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

Two degrees is catastrophic, but it seems we are headed for 6 or 7 degrees by 2100 already. That is more than catastrophic.
posted by stonepharisee at 8:13 AM on September 18, 2019

Two degrees is catastrophic, but it seems we are headed for 6 or 7 degrees by 2100 already. That is more than catastrophic.

6 or 7 degrees is civilization-ending and, possibly, extinction. It’s around that point that phytoplankton die and humans suffocate.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 8:48 AM on September 18, 2019 [4 favorites]

Just a couple of info-points related to this third Climate Strike:

- in a number of countries (Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Austria, Canada...) the main strike date is going to be on the 27th September, not the 20th, whence concept the 20->27 Climate Action Week thing. Why is that? Basically because the first movers, Earth Strike, announced the 27th September back in 2018 (with the specific date chosen for being the day that R. Carson's"Silent Spring" had been published). Then came along the massive groundswell generated by Greta T, who had her first globally potent platform at the UN's COP24 gathering, and then generated two Global Climate Strikes (15th March and 24th May) independently of Earth Strike. So when the UN Climate Summit date in NYC was set on 23rd September, by about June it became clear that a global strike four days after the summit... would be something of a missed opportunity. Since there were then some weeks of back and forth (with Earth Strike US holding out much beyond their UK counterparts) the collective compromise of the 20->27 Climate Action Week took shape. Given the options of dates, countries have had the chance of choosing which one works best for them, while at the same time coordinating into something grander than just themselves.

- the .net site linked in the FPP is maintained by, and collects a whole array of climate activism alliances and networks, with something of a focus on the US; Australia has SS4C; in the UK the main movers behind the youth climate activist movement using the (school-)strike as their modus operandi are UKSCNYS4C (with XR being the more theatrical, adult option - though they do have a youth wing, too - specialised in Occupy-style events), while the movement that Greta allows association with (though she is in no way involved in its operations or coordiantion), Fridays For Future, is the main force on the ground in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Austria and Greece; Belgium and France has Youth For Climate, and there are a number of groups that are variously strong in other countries.

Having been involved in FFF Italia for a while now (I'm a coordinating "uncle"), I'm still pretty well awed by the radical force that's been youth-yoked together; and given its cause and pared-down mission statement (effectively distilled, and periodically/topically updated, by Greta in her singular, inimitable way), and the varied, remarkable mountains of commonplace, media, public opinion, electoral mass and institutional elephants it's managed to move so far... don't expect this to blow over. Change is coming, whether you like it or not. (Oh and: "See you on the streets!")
posted by progosk at 4:24 PM on September 18, 2019 [7 favorites]

Btw: for those whose activity is web-based, there’s the digital analogue of the Strike.
posted by progosk at 11:17 PM on September 18, 2019

And here I thought it was September 27th. Earthstrike, anyone?
I mentioned it in my comment to the previous post entitled "Strike, Strike, Strike".

According to the Washington Post, ten percent of the world is already at 2 degrees C, 20 percent is at 1.5 and we can't pick a day to protest, not to mention few people are even aware there is a strike. No anecdotal horror story has made it feel more like we're doomed than this apathy. And thanks, major news outlets, for not giving Extinction Rebellion, Earthstrike, or this student one any mention that I'm aware of.

I'll cling to the hope that this gels next time around. And for the people that participate, at least they can say they did something. I'll be replacing some oak trees that burned down in a forest fire.
posted by AppleSeed at 6:14 AM on September 19, 2019

> I'm still pretty well awed by the radical force that's been youth-yoked together

My local march is being organized by a middle-schooler (I don't know her but she must be 12 or 13 years old).
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:02 AM on September 19, 2019

So, then there is also this one
(I joined a local event through this.)
posted by Glinn at 9:00 AM on September 19, 2019

And this: Laudato Si Generation - register your Catholic climate strike
posted by progosk at 4:14 PM on September 19, 2019

From CNN:
Amazon employs around 600,000 people globally, so the group is small. However, it's making big demands.

For example, the group wants Amazon to stop donating to politicians and lobbyists who deny climate change. It also wants Amazon to stop awarding contracts to fossil fuel companies. And the group wants the company to test electric vehicles in cities that are most affected by the company's environmental impact. The group said it was "critical" for Amazon to emit zero emissions by 2030.

posted by Bella Donna at 6:23 PM on September 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

Sorry, I’m on my phone. I meant to mention that the article includes a list of companies that are supporting walkouts and other climate-crisis actions.
posted by Bella Donna at 6:24 PM on September 19, 2019

The Sydney rally, I don't have numbers, at least 20k from where we are. It's good, and people are angry. Uni students joined with unions and others at Hyde Park and marched on from there. I even saw a wargaming society out in "this planet is where we keep our games" shirt.

People are receptive to the speakers and the Australian Student Environment Network pamphlets I'm handing out - Ive had a few older people say they want a few to give to family.
posted by Acid Communist at 8:38 PM on September 19, 2019 [4 favorites]

Here's the companies and businesses closing to support this strike: Not Business-As-Usual.
posted by progosk at 12:06 AM on September 20, 2019 [2 favorites]

Australia is reporting doubled participation numbers with respect to the first Global Climate Strike in March. However: numbers are not everything, and it's important to watch the east/south of the globe getting started, with community actions in Pacific Island nations, and movement marches happening in Indonesia, Singapore, Filippines and India, but really just in their baby steps...
posted by progosk at 12:11 AM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

I knew I had no ability to estimate numbers but wow. I'm reading 100k in Sydney on a lot of sources, with estimates ranging from 80-150k. 300k nation-wide, estimates up to 400k. Being compared to Iraq, which was 500k. I was a toddler then, so this is like pretty much nothing I've ever seen.

Walking into the domain, I was looking for any one of about 5 other organisations or contingents I hoped to meet. I knew it would be hard. I said to my friend, we'll take it slow, we'll find them. Then we passed underneath a tree and we saw the crowd and I backpedalled hard, and we decided they could find us if need be.

The only criticisms I've heard is that there were too many speakers - valid, but difficult to evade for something this big. Every supporting org wants a piece of the speaking pie. And that we should have done more after we gathered. The after-march was not through big streets. We could have done pretty much anything we wanted in the city, and while I'm not surprised we didn't see it this time, I feel a big part of the test will be when at the next strike, or whichever after that, we disregard the police's recommended route through back streets and demand that we shut the city down to a greater extent.

And as for the speakers I heard - I couldn't be happier. Liberals and conservatives alike can rage against what they perceive as the dying of the light, but I heard a whole lot agreement for the idea that we need system change, not climate change. That we should tax the rich for every cent. That our country is already an international shame with regard to refugees, and most every politician is committed to both continuing that and actively contributing to the creation of millions more refugees. That people not only will die, but are dying today, and our ruling class is to blame.
posted by Acid Communist at 4:52 AM on September 20, 2019 [3 favorites]

Around 7k people in Brighton, UK apparently. Had a nice walk through town on my lunchbreak.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:50 AM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Thanks, progosk. I got confused yesterday. The Amazon and biz supporters of the action were two different articles. Apologies. I was referring to this CNN list earlier.
posted by Bella Donna at 9:46 AM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Protesting Climate Change, Young People Take to Streets in a Global Strike (NYT)
More than 100,000 protested in Melbourne as the protests began, in what organizers said was the largest climate action in Australia’s history. The rally shut down key public transport corridors for hours. In Sydney, thousands gathered in the Domain, a sprawling public park just a short walk east of the Central Business District — grandparents escorting their children holding homemade signs, groups of teenagers in school uniforms, parents handing out boxed raisins to their young children.

As morning arrived farther west, banners in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, ranged from serious to humorous. One read, “Climate Emergency Now.” Another said, “This planet is getting hotter than my imaginary boyfriend.” In Mumbai, children in oversize raincoats marched in the rain. Thousands turned out in Warsaw, the capital of coal-reliant Poland. [...]

Roughly 100,000 demonstrators showed around the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on a bright but unseasonably chilly day in Berlin, according to the police. [...] The turnout in London especially large, with organizers estimating more than 100,000 participants. The police declined to give an estimate.
posted by katra at 9:53 AM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Guardian: Puerto Rico / New York
The climate strike is being held the same day as the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and left nearly 3,000 people dead.

In recognition of that event, the climate strike is happening in concert with a Puerto Rico Day of Action to highlight the struggles the island still faces in its effort to rebuild, while remaining vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Marisol Rivera, a 13-year-old Puerto Rican student in Brooklyn, has been speaking on Friday about Maria and how it impacted her family, She will connect the issues there to the climate crisis.

Other Puerto Rican activists will also speak at the event, including Gustavo Rivera, a New York state senator (he is unrelated to Marisol).

Puerto Rico is still recovering from the hurricane, which affected all of the 3.5 million Americans who lived on the island. Its power grid was knocked out completely by the storm and families reported having no electricity nearly a year after the hurricane.
posted by katra at 10:18 AM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Okay, the writers have been sadistic with us since 2016, but 2019 is starting to be decent,.
posted by ocschwar at 5:47 PM on September 20, 2019

One of the good things I saw from the working groups or from the Lower Manhattan DSA chapter was all the canvassing for local elections and projects and Green New Deal Work and voter registration. Just really pressing that this Strike is part of a larger political project and if you’re into this you might be into this.

The YDSA chapters where out in force and it was pretty thrilling to see a huge march of red flags .
posted by The Whelk at 8:27 PM on September 20, 2019 [3 favorites]

The Citizen's Climate Lobby reports lots of new enrollments now. Tack, Ms. T.
posted by ocschwar at 4:44 AM on September 22, 2019 [2 favorites]

G Thunberg’s blistering address, yesterday.
posted by progosk at 12:53 PM on September 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

A moving one hour conversation between Greta Thunberg and Amy Goodman from 9/11
posted by growabrain at 6:08 AM on September 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

Half a million people took to the streets in Montreal today! Large crowds in other Canadian cities, too. Here's a few photos I took of the Montreal strike.
posted by oulipian at 6:22 PM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

New Zealand participation hit the magic 3,5% of population number. Here in Italy the turnout more than doubled from the first Global Strike for Future, to one million, in more than 160 cities, towns, and villages. In Moscow they’re having to be creative, demonstrating by round-robin. The kids are not kidding, that this is only jus, erm, warming up...
posted by progosk at 11:57 PM on September 27, 2019 [2 favorites]

Greta and Jane.
posted by Harald74 at 6:41 AM on October 2, 2019 [1 favorite]

(That's Jane Goodall in case you don't recognize her in pictures)
posted by Harald74 at 6:43 AM on October 2, 2019

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