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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!

From https://globalclimatestrike.net/

From https://globalclimatestrike.net/

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:

This is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job... Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.
— Greta Thunberg and 46 Youth Activists from the International School Strike Movement

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 idea of the Global Climate Strike is for as many people as possible to take the day off work on Friday 20 September to protest for climate action in solidarity with the school strikers. Young people will be out in force, and everyone else should be too.
— Helle Abelvik-Lawson, Greenpeace.
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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!

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As we mentioned in our previous blog post, we’re closing our shop to strike. You’ll find us at the Brighton protest, adding our voices to raise awareness for a cause which we cannot allow to go unaddressed.

If you’d like to join us, we’d be delighted to welcome you! The protest begins at 11am at Hove Lawns and will make its way to The Level. Here, a series of talks will take place, starting with Caroline Lucas at 12:30pm.