America Goes on Strike: More Than 1,100 Locations Across U.S. Strike from School and Work to Demand Transformative Climate Action
(Press Release) --Youth-Led Strike Kicks Off a Week of Direct Action, Ahead of UN Climate Change Meeting--Hundreds of thousands people across America are leaving school and work today to demand that leaders in the U.S. and across the world take action to address the climate crisis. Organized and led by youth in the Climate Strike Coalition, the demonstrations today represent the largest climate strike in U.S. history and kick off a week of sustained international actions to call for transformative changes to climate policy.
New York, Boston, and San Francisco are expected to have the largest turnouts, with thousands of people attending in each of those locations. But the Strike itself is nationwide, with more than 1,100 locations in all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. There were more than a dozen strike locations in Puerto Rico alone, commemorating the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria. School has been canceled for more than 200,000 students in Houston, America’s largest fourth largest city, because of extreme weather. Students will proceed with their strike and point to the signals between climate change and Tropical Storm Imelda as a reason for taking action.
The Climate Strike earned the support of elected leaders, businesses, and schools. Companies like Patagonia and Ben and Jerry’s are closed today to encourage employees to join the strike. The UN Secretary General applauded the action, days before world leaders gather the UN Climate Action Summit to discuss climate action.
The Climate Strike Coalition released a set of policy demands ahead of the strike, calling for transformative climate action. The demands are the first time that such a broad coalition of youth groups have coalesced around a Green New Deal. The demands include a strong focus on protecting people, through saving indigenous land, helping frontline communities, and supporting a just transition.
The strikes take place during a surge of direct actions to demand climate solutions. Many of the youth groups involved in today’s events have been striking for more than a year. International strikes are planned over the next week in more than 4,500 locations across the world.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2019
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