Activists with the youth-led Fridays for Future movement took to the streets worldwide Friday, calling for bolder efforts to battle the climate emergency and encouraging people of all ages to join the global #ClimateStrike on Sept. 20.
The environmental group 350.org looked to next week's strikes in a statement Friday, saying that "huge demonstrations are expected across the globe with numbers surpassing the March 2019 record of 1.6 million people." So far, climate campaigners have planned 3,459 events across 120 countries for a week of action that aligns with the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
"We are calling on everyone to join us," Jerome Foster II, a youth climate activist and strike organizer, said at a press conference Thursday. "We need a truly diverse and multi-generational movement, made of people from all ages and backgrounds, not just the youth. We need adults to stand up and call for action and to support young people and do things that young people can't do. We should be fighting for our future."
It was a pleasure to strike with you @GretaThunberg.
It was a pleasure to strike with and stand united see the youth climate movement continue to grow.
It was a pleasure to see so many young people continue to strike around the world, we must stand persistent.#FridaysForFuture https://t.co/31e66UrcxD
— Jerome Foster II (@JeromeFosterII) September 13, 2019
"The good news is the fossil industry is beginning to lose the fight. We need to replace them now to keep temperature below 1.5 degrees," said 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, referencing the lower target of the Paris climate agreement. "September 20th to 27th will be the biggest climate mobilization we have ever seen. The world is going to demonstrate that it is ready for a change."
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) September 13, 2019
In an email to supporters of the youth-led Sunrise Movement Friday, 13-year-old Hadassah from Northwest Philadelphia wrote:
For me, the 2020 election can be scary to think about, because I know that this is our last chance to elect a president and Congress who will still have time to stop the climate crisis. That's so important for my future, but I can't even vote.
Because of that, I really want another way to take control and make sure we can elect candidates who will fight for a Green New Deal. I've found that in the global climate strike.
This strike is going to be massive. Already there are over 630 strike-day actions and rallies planned just in the U.S. And some major organizations are standing with us, including the United Electrical labor union with 35,000 members, and the entire New York City public school system.
Just a day after Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo called on school administrations across the globe to let students to join the climate strikes planned for Sept. 20 and 27, the New York City public school system announced Thursday that it would excuse absences for students who secure permission from a parent to participate in the first global strike.
WEEK 40 of our @UN #ClimateStrike in NYC! We have one week to go until the #GlobalClimateStrike, our absences that day will be excused (thanks @NYCSchools!) and we are so excited. Next Friday #StrikeWithUs, and let's change the world together pic.twitter.com/HJJzIeXFKc
— Alexandria Villaseñor (@AlexandriaV2005) September 13, 2019
ATTN. STUDENTS AND TEACHERS:
This is an example of a permission slip that you can adapt to make the strike as smooth as possible at your school.
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"The protection of the environment should not be a movement or a moment in time, it should be part of our culture," New York-based Fridays for Future leader Xiye Bastida said at the Thursday press conference. "The youth are working towards this goal, and we need everyone to join us."
Bastida was among the youth activists who protested outside the U.N. headquarters in NYC on Friday and took to social media to promote next week's global strike.
Another Friday on #ClimateStrike at the @UN headquarters. Today we got students and teachers from all over New York City who are eager to mobilize their schools for September 20th! pic.twitter.com/cgciWcXSgf
— Xiye Bastida (@xiyebastida) September 13, 2019
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg joined an 11-minute die-in outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Friday, as young people with the global movement she helped launch also demonstrated in Argentina, Bangladesh, Germany, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Turkey, Uganda, and more countries around the world.
Right now @GretaThunberg @ThisIsZeroHour #FridaysForFurture are at the White House demanding climate justice and the strong actions we need. Trump and other leaders better hear them. #WhiteHouseClimateStrike #StrikeWithUs pic.twitter.com/7kDKWMjGri
— 350 dot org (@350) September 13, 2019
— Fridays For Future Rosario (@fffrosario) September 13, 2019
Today's 13 September 2019, Friday. Again we've shouted from Bangladesh supporting to @GretaThunberg. Climate Strike for our 11th week has been held at Noakhali, Bangladesh.#FridaysForFuture#ClimateEmergency #schoolstrike4climate@FFF_Bangladesh @Fridays4future pic.twitter.com/CdDKeRg7UV
— Mahmudul Hassan (@MahmudulHassan_) September 13, 2019
— Volker Leptien (@VLeptien) September 13, 2019
We are @Maitighar striking to disrupt the sytem. There is no planet B.We chose to raise for our generations and upcoming generations future. #Fridaysforfuture #ClimateStrike #StopOilDrilling #SystemChangeNotClimateChange @GretaThunberg@schoolstrikearc #Powershift @guardianeco pic.twitter.com/48RUxQ5fdn
— NYCA nepal (@NYCAnepal) September 13, 2019
Fridays for Future Wellington NZ
Lovely vibe, lovely people. See you next week!#FridaysForFuture #ClimateActionNow@millionsofmoth1 @WeavingHouse @ecomanda @divinefire79 @abelsteve @FFFIndia @GretaThunberg @thathumbleman @XRebellionWA @HeliHLehtinen @timjonesbooks pic.twitter.com/ZHqTQKUiuu
— Kate Jensen (@act_nowclimate) September 13, 2019
Today is my 44 weeks of #FridaysForFuture in Abuja, Nigeria. I am getting to grassroots to involve indigenous people on climate action because they are part of the solution to this crisis. Indigenous people knowledge and approaches on this matters. Join us!#ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/xLI8EmCwop
— Oladosu Adenike (@the_ecofeminist) September 13, 2019
Istanbul, Turkey: If you have not been following and supporting this youngster it’s about time you started paying attention @CevikusHB #FridaysForFuture #GlobalClimateStrike 20th-27th September https://t.co/3BhwMQL9VT
— Shauna Chapman (@ShaunaChapmanUK) September 13, 2019
Did you know we're the leading #FridaysForFuture movement in Africa? This is not by accident, we've the world's youngest population. If we don't act no one will. @GretaThunberg @Fridays4future pic.twitter.com/2BEAoHv9Be
— #FridaysForFuture - Uganda (@Fridays4FutureU) September 11, 2019