The 20th September looks to be one of the largest environmental protests in history. The aim of this impressive and inspiring youth-led campaign is to deliver a clear message: we need action, and we need it now. To get an idea of the scale of this strike, just take a look at this map which shows the locations of protests occurring globally!
This protest will be rather special for two reasons. Firstly, young people—who have been striking regularly ever since Greta Thunberg first skipped school to protest in August 2018—have called for adults to join them in their demonstrations:
Millions of school children around the world are calling on adults to join them in the streets and send a message to governments - now is the time for urgent and meaningful climate action.
The second reason it will be such a powerful demonstration is because it takes place just 3 days before the UN emergency climate summit on 23rd September. This UN summit is where countries are expected to present their new, more aggressive targets. So, with this particular protest, the bigger the turnout, the stronger the pressure on governments across the globe.
On a more local scale, Brighton council has passed a motion to support both school students and employees who wish to attend the strikes. If you commute to London, the central London rally takes place from 11am – 3pm on Millbank, near Westminster tube station. This demonstration will include a “climate alarm” moment at 1pm, with people sounding their alarms for one minute, wherever they are.
If neither of these protests work for you, you can find your nearest strike here. And, to raise awareness, please share the Facebook event to show your friends, family, and coworkers that you’re passionate about this important cause!