Youth Across North Carolina and U.S. Announce Joined Global Climate Strike on September 20
–Climate Strike Brings Together Youth and Adult-Led Organizations In Massive Nationwide Day of Action–
On September 20, young people and allies participated in a strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Building on a historic surge of student protests and strikes for climate action, the September 20 strike comes ahead of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change three days later, when world leaders will convene in New York with the goal of deepening climate ambition. More than 6,000 people in 150 countries are already pledging to organize events on September 20 and during the Week of Action that will follow it.
The September 20 Climate Strike was an intergenerational, effort which will result in a range of events taking place across the country. Led by the youth climate strikers and their allies, people will walk out of school and work to join marches and rallies, with music, sit-ins and die-ins and other forms of nonviolent direct action. Here locally Climate Strike GSO Coalition is planning a series of events with partners and local activists locally, with an emphasis on prioritizing the devastation disproportionately affecting frontline communities.
In Greensboro, youth of all ages, college students and local grassroots groups coordinated a “strike with us Greensboro” event at Center City Park from 12-2:00. With music, local speakers, a die-in and information booths, we come together in solidarity. Youth speakers of all ages will speak alongside local leaders in climate justice and environmental education. Speakers include Justin Catanoso, Professor of Journalism at Wake Forest University and Lauren Kaolo, Student Body President at UNCG. Molly McGinn and Quilla from United Artists Against Poverty will perform.
People are uniting around September 20 in a way we’ve never seen before,” said Katie Eder, Executive Director of Future Coalition. “We understand this is a pivotal crossroads, and that we must put our differences aside to come together. This is a fight for our futures, and time is running out.”
Coordinated nationally by Future Coalition, the effort includes national organizations such as The Sierra Club Student Coalition, 350.org, Earth Uprising, Fridays for Future USA, Sunrise, US Youth Climate Strike and Zero Hour. The Youth Climate Strike Coalition has the active support, participation and collaboration from adult Climate Strike activists which includes leading national progressive organizations, Greenpeace, SEIU and March On.
Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350.org North America Director, said that “The youth uprising is backed by millions who refuse to sit by while the Trump administration, hand-in-hand with fossil fuel executives, continues their campaign of climate denial and policy rollbacks, all while we face extreme heat waves, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. We stand with communities demanding economic transformation that works for the collective rights of everyone to a sustainable, healthy, and livable future. With the inclusion of young people at the table, now is the time for all of us to come together on September 20th and beyond to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage.”
Currently, the Youth Climate Strike Coalition is actively organizing in local communities across the country, working closely with other youth and adult allies, to build momentum for September. New organizations continue to be added to the Climate Strike Coalition.
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