Young people in the UK who have been striking for the climate are calling on adults to join them on Friday 20 September as part of a massive global day of action.
“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
What can I do?
Spread the word! This can be online – for example, share the Facebook event –
but face to face conversations are best. Lots of energy and mobilising
will take place in existing campaigns, communitiy groups etc. But this
is a day where there will also be actions organised from workplaces,
whether that’s a strike, a short walkout to join young people a stoppage
or some other solidarity action. There’s a guide here for adults wanting to get involved.
You can talk to people in your workplace about why this is so
important. Think about holding a meeting to discuss what action you can
take. If you can, invite a school striker or climate activist. Be
creative and imaginative. Tell your employer about the strength of
feeling in support of backing the young people.
Find out about what’s happening in your area.
There will also be planning events organised throughout the summer (see below, this page will be updated with details of new events as we find out about them). Thinking of organising one yourself? Remember to contact not just climate campaigners, but trade unions, activist groups concerned with other social justice issues, and of course, school strikers in your area. There will be lots of ways people can get involved.
If you are a trade union member, there are more details on our trade union group website about organising through trade unions.
Check in for general updates: There are weekly
online meetings, currently 6-7pm each Thursday (join by video link or
dial in from a phone) to bring together people and organisations
interested in making 20th September happen. In the calls we discuss the
ways in which we’re organising our communities and groups, how we can
collaborate, event logistics, sourcing resources, supporting one another
and so on. To join via your computer, phone or tablet, click on the
link https://wwf.zoom.us/j/571969920 and download the Zoom app when prompted. Or call 020 3051 2874, enter the Meeting ID (571 969 920) when prompted.
Action: call on the TUC to support the climate strikes
In September UCU are bringing a motion to the TUC Congress for the
TUC to call a 30 minute workplace stoppage on the day of the strikes –
the first time in over 30 years that the TUC has issued such a call on
any issue. To get this motion passed UCU will need to demonstrate how
widespread the support for it is – please sign up and share, whether you are a trade union member or not.