Greta Thunberg and other young climate justice leaders chose the word “strike.” Adults in the movement are supporting the young leaders in how they’re telling the story of this movement. We’ve heard repeatedly that “strike” is a word that is important to them, as it conveys the urgency of the climate situation. “Strike” also invites workers to shut down business as usual by one method utilized by labor movements.
I want to help but I can’t strike.
That’s ok! Everybody is welcome in this movement, and we need you and everyone you know. We need a huge array of skills to sustain and grow the movement. Contact a local group and let the point person know what you’re good at and how you’d like to contribute. There is a place for everyone, even those who don’t strike.
I’m afraid if I don’t go to work/school, there will be negative consequences.
We understand. We’re social creatures and we want to be responsible, to be good. But we are also in a crisis with widespread negative consequences beyond anything imaginable. You and your colleagues can ask your work or school leaders to support you in striking. Shutting down business as usual across the world is incredibly powerful; it also has meaning because business as usual is causing climate change. We can lean on each other and help one another be brave.
Look at this site’s “How to Strike” page. You can also organize your family, friends, and neighbors and put together a small group to support one another in walking out of work and school, or taking part in some other activities during the week. The important thing is to participate.
Climate change is scary. There’s nothing we can do.
Certainly there’s not a lot one individual’s actions can do. But when we come together and act collectively, history has shown that we become immensely powerful, and we can literally move mountains. Coming together is what has to happen to make change. Everyone matters.