In the last few months, as we’ve experienced the hottest ever recorded July globally and extreme floods in the Midwest, it’s undeniable that climate crisis is already impacting many of us, our communities, and our workplaces. Last year, the IPCC issued a report that drastic action must occur before 2030 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change – we have to act now!
In the face of this challenge, we must do what we do best: Organize! The youth who have been leading on climate are asking us to stand up with them:
“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…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.
So, this is our invitation. Starting on Friday 20th September we will kick start a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. We’re asking you to step up alongside us.
Alongside the youth and community, labor is stepping up.
Here’s what you can do now:
- Watch and share. Check out and share this two-minute video in support of climate action:
- Organize now. Download the LNS Climate Strike Toolkit for workers and leverage any material that helps your union, local, worker center, CLC, etc. to stand with student strikers on Sept. 20-27.
- Learn what’s happening in your area. Visit this map of climate strike events, which will continue to be updated as events are created. You can also create and add your own event!
- Take pictures with signs about labor’s support. In advance of Sept. 20 or during the week of action, snap a photo with a younger person, a family member such as a child, grandchild, etc., with a sign that reads: “Workers support the climate strikes,” or “Labor supports the climate strikes,” or “Unions support the climate strike,” and post it to social media. You can also add your union’s name, local number, etc.
- Send an email like this to your own list. Perhaps your union, worker center or labor council has a leader’s newsletter, or caucuses that would be interested.