Sept 20: Global Climate Strike

Global Climate Strike Sept 20th

This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers for the Global Climate Strike on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Students will be meeting at City Hall to voice their concerns to the mayor and at 2:15pm students and adults will be gathering at Moore Field to stand up for climate resolutions.

Aspen Connect is a Community Organizer working with our local youth and other climate groups that have sprung up in our community to plan together on this day. Follow #FridaysForFuture platforms, and begin talking with young people you know. Let them know how you can help. Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

Aspen Country Day School Agenda

Click here to see what students are doing at ACDS.

CLIMATE STRIKE IDEAS FOR WORKERS

Many unions around the world have declared support for the student strikes and will join in a variety of actions in political protest on September 20 or during the week following.  These actions will take many forms and some ideas are listed below.


Workers’ rights and labour laws vary hugely around the world, and not everyone can strike or be part of a union without risk of legal sanctions. On our grossly unequal planet, some people can’t do without a single day’s work, and some of us work for bosses who would fire us if we dared to try.


And some jobs simply can’t stop: emergency room doctors should keep on saving lives. But many workers will act and that may include a decision by unions and their members to call a strike. 


Here are a range of ways you could join the Climate Strikes if you’re supposed to be working on September 20 or 27:

Organise a Workplace Action

If you and enough of your colleagues are able to take industrial action, organise a walkout from your workplace to meet with our youth at Paepcke Park at 1pm and march to Moore Field for press photos. Take and share pictures and think creatively about how you can represent your action visually. 

Organise an action at your workplace

This could involve you and all of your colleagues holding a short event at work in solidarity with climate strikers – and posting selfies on social media with signs explaining what you are doing and why to build awareness. 
You could encourage everyone to wear a badge or armband to show their solidarity. Or you could ‘sound the alarm’ by making lots of noise together or holding a silent vigil. You could consider  how your job connects to the climate crisis and connect with other #ClimateStrike organisers in similar occupations or professions around the world by using the hashtag.

Take formal leave

You could request official leave in advance from your workplace and encourage everyone you can to do the same. Let your employer know why you are taking leave to ensure that your action builds awareness within your workplace about the gravity of the climate crisis and the sacrifice that you & others are taking to address it.

Take action in your lunch break

Why not use your lunch break to go along with co-workers to join the #ClimateStrike if you can’t take the day off. Lots of #ClimateStrike events on September 20 and through the week to the 27th will take place around lunchtime. If possible, you could consider starting your day early or ending late to make up for it. Some employers would require notice of such an action. 

Get your workplace to pass a resolution

Some employers have already announced they’re giving their staff the day off to join a #ClimateStrike without penalty. You and fellow staff could put a proposal to your workplace to do the same and get your workplace to publicise the fact to build awareness of their leadership. 


This Global Climate Strike event registration is hosted by 350.org.

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