Earth Strike Protests Build Toward Sept. 27th General Strike On Climate Change

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Above: Earth Strike banner from Twitter. See tweet below. Photo by Ron F.

Climate protests under the label #EarthStrike were held all over the world on January 15. Earth Strike is a grassroots movement that focuses on building toward a general strike to tackle climate change through the strategic withholding of labor. Earth Strike has scheduled protests throughout 2019 to raise awareness for a global general strike, which will begin on September 27.

The worldwide protests are important to spread the message and are an instrument for achieving the broader goal of a worker’s general strike to demand climate action. They describe these protests and strikes not as people pleading for sympathy, but people building and displaying their political power.

Their mission is “Until the world’s governments and businesses are held accountable to the people, we are refusing to participate in the system that fills their pockets. There will be no banking, no offices full of employees, no schools full of children, until our demands are met.”

They put forward three demands for governments throughout the world:

International Demands

  • An immediate start on global cooperation to reverse the damage done to the Earth’s climate, through unambiguous and binding agreements, by both world leaders and corporate entities, following IPCC projections of halving carbon net emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.
  • International, unambiguous and binding commitments to halt the destruction of rain forests and other wildlife habitats.
  • International, unambiguous and binding agreements designed to hold corporations accountable for the greenhouse gases they produce.

Earth Strike is a horizontally-led organization. People who agree with the goals and mission of Earth Strike are encouraged to organize protests in their local communities and work toward the September 27 general strike. Earth Strike provides tools and aides to help groups participate on their website.

Below are tweets from some of the protests held on January 16.

  • drumbeat

    How about starting out with a strike every month on, say, the 1st Friday for 3 months, then the 1st and 3rd for 3 months, then every Friday for 3 months, and if that doesn’t do it, then every f**king day!

  • mwildfire

    I can’t get too excited about this, sorry. Focusing on withholding labor won’t be very effective–what with automation, too many of us work makework jobs now. A serious strike would withhold spending, shopping, purchases. THAT would get the attention of the Masters of the Universe. And then, I prefer the ambitious timeframe of the Green New Deal to the HALF by 2030 and zero by 2050 demand here.