Around the world, concerned people are going on strike to insist that our leaders act to stop the climate crisis. We need everybody, including you, on September 20th!
Business as usual comes grinding to a halt across the globe as people from all lands, all languages, all identities all speak their hearts and minds. Want your children and grandchildren to have a future? Come add your voice in September!
What is a strike?
A group action that temporarily stops work or school to express a grievance or a demand. A strike is an exercise of power, as every product and service relies on workers working.
Why a strike for climate?
The September strike can create a crisis for leaders, forcing them to respond. It can be a transformative experience for all, especially participants who experience their own collective power. So many of us feel the climate crisis is just too big and there’s nothing we individuals can do. The strike gathers all of our energy because coming together boosts everyone’s power to a place where change IS possible.
Suggested first steps
Talk to your co-workers or your fellow students.
Call a meeting to discuss the climate emergency. Take names and do a Doodle for optimal scheduling!
Discuss potential actions for Sept. 20. Ideas:
- A picket during class time or before work
- Walking out of class or work to join a rally
- Find out if your school or your union, if you have one, will issue a statement supporting the climate strike.
- Get a list of demands for your school’s administration or your employer and for the government. Send them in on September 20th.
- Attend an online Coalition meeting via Thursday evening from 7:00-8:30–register here.
Don’t underestimate the power you have to inspire your fellow students, teachers, friends and colleagues!
Suggested second steps:
After you have a plan and some others to work with you:
- Publicize your action.
- Call a larger meeting.
- Outline why your school or workplace should join the climate strike.
- Take steps to ensure nobody will face discipline. You can seek to get your school’s or your employer’s agreement to support worker participation. If you have a union, seek to get union support. If you know faculty members or school administrators who are supportive, enlist their help.
Suggested third steps:
- Let other students or colleagues know your plans.
- Encourage people elsewhere to strike. You can help them figure out how to do it.
- Communicate widely to everyone, through newsletters, emails, on school or company websites and social media channels etc. Make your own social media channel.
- Put up posters and distribute flyers. Invite other students or colleagues to publicize using their networks.
- Post selfies or group photos on social media using #climatestrikevt, #globalclimatestrike, and #vtpoli to inspire others to do the same.