Next Friday, students across the world will walk out of their classrooms as part of a global climate strike to call for an end to the use of fossil fuels. These mass protests will cause disruptions — and that's exactly what's needed to awaken us all to the indisputable climate emergency we face.
Young people have the most to lose from leaders' continued inaction on climate change, which is why they're speaking up and demanding solutions now. Stand for Children is proud to support these brave students as they use their voices and advocate for policies to protect the Earth and ensure it remains livable for generations to come.
Show your support for students by learning more about the upcoming walkouts and how you can get involved. Adults are more than welcome to join in, and even if you can’t go on strike from work, there are still ways to take action in your local community.
The first strike is scheduled for September 20, just three days before the United Nations' climate emergency summit in New York, and walkouts will continue throughout September. The scientific facts are clear. According to NASA, carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are at their highest levels in 650,000 years, and 18 of the 19 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. The climate is warming, and human activity is responsible.
The increase in natural disasters — from wildfires to hurricanes to extreme heat — has forced schools across the country to close for days, even weeks, affecting students in California to Florida, Illinois to Louisiana. Young people are living in fear, waiting for the next disaster and imagining how much worse our climate emergency can and will get.
For the sake of our children, it's time to take action on our climate crisis. Join us in showing support for students who plan to strike by becoming a part of the movement for climate justice.