Hello wonderful readers!
I have a confession to make. Even though I have been banging on about the global climate strike for months, I don’t think I’m actually going to be able to join in person on 20 September. I’m going to be on holiday, and even more awkwardly, I’m flying there!
(I think it’s the flying that is making me feel like the biggest hypocrite, I have been having bad dreams all week about it. In one I had to take a suitcase, absolute nightmare!)
But moping around feeling guilty doesn’t help anyone, so I’m not going to do that any more. Instead I’m focusing on the positive things that I can do to support the strike without being there.
Why is the global climate strike so important?
We are in a climate emergency, and urgent action is needed to address it right now (as you may have gathered from my previous post, or the post two before that, or the post where I discussed the climate emergency declarations).
Young people all over the world have been hugely successful in raising the profile of the need to act through the school strikes, and they have called on all of us to join them on 20 and 27 September.
This is crazy huge. It is probably the first time ever that people all over the world have joined a demonstration for something that affects all of us. And it does affect us all. Although young and vulnerable people will be affected most, we are all going to see the impacts of climate change in the future if not already. This is our chance to tell our governments that this is not a future we want.
How can we support the global climate strike?
- Take the day off work
I have had many conversations over the last month about whether it should be taken as annual leave or unpaid leave. I honestly don’t think the semantics matter too much, it is the action itself that is more important. If you aren’t sure how to ask for the time off, Extinction Rebellion has put together a template that might be helpful. If you don’t feel comfortable joining a protest, you can do something else like go for a hike or do a litter pick, just let everyone know why you are doing it.
- Share what you are doing
Tell your family and friends, share on social media, put it in your out-of-office message. I have done all these things and I’m writing this post in the hope that I’ll reach a few more people. I’m also aware that a lot of the wonderful people reading this would already be supporting the strike, but if you have a way of reaching a wider audience, please use it! I live in a little bubble where joining the strike is acceptable and even expected, however I’m sure this is not the mainstream view everywhere. Voicing public support shows that this is not a niche movement that can be ignored.
- Join the digital climate strike
The clever people at the global climate strike have put together resources to show support for the strike online. This includes a nifty line of code that I’m hoping will shut down my blog on 20 September (I’m still not sure if I did it right…).
- Contact your elected representative
Send them a letter, email or tweet. Let them know that you want climate action and support the strike, even if you can’t join in. A key aim of the strike is prompting political action, so sending the message to our politicians in every way we can will help.
- Take to the streets!
If you can join the strike in person, please do so! A quick search on the internet or social media should let you know where your nearest event is, or you can check the global climate strike website or the UK Student Climate Network website (for those in the UK).
Happy sharing and happy striking! I’ll be there in spirit!
(P.S. I will be in Santorini on 20 September, if anyone knows of anything happening there to join, let me know!)