‘Everyone Should Mobilize’: Climate Leaders Urge Massive Turnout For Global Climate Strikes

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Above Photo: Students take part in a climate rally in Parliament Square on May 24, 2019 in London. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

“Our house is on fire—let’s act like it,” says a call-to-action for September 20th and 27th strikes.

Organizers of upcoming global climate strikes hope their demands for a rapid end to business as usual and a swift start to climate justice will be too loud to ignore.

The strikes, which are set for September 20th and 27th—with additional actions slated for the days in between—are planned in over 150 countries thus far, and over 6,000 people have already pledged to take part.

It has the potential to be the biggest climate mobilization yet, said organizers.

“Our house is on fire—let’s act like it,” says the strikes’ call-to-action, referencing the words of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. “We demand climate justice for everyone.”

Thunberg echoed that call in a just-released video promoting the upcoming actions.

“Everyone should mobilize for the 20th and 27th of September,” said Thunberg, “because this is a global issue which actually affects everyone.”

It’s been the world’s youth, though, that have played a driving force in recently calling attention to the climate crisis with protests and school strikes.

“Young people have been leading here,” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said in the Thunberg video, “but now it’s the job of the rest of us to back them up.”

The two Fridays of action, according to organizers, will bookend a “Week for Future” to sustain the climate call. Nestled between is the United Nations Summit on Climate Change on September 23rd in New York.

“Because we don’t have a single year to lose,” said Luisa Neubauer of Fridays for Future Germany in a press statement Wednesday, “we’re going to make this week a turning point in history.”

The upcoming protests reflect a call form a diverse group of global organizations, including Amnesty International, Oxfam, La Via Campesina, Fridays for Future, and Extinction Rebellion.

The Youth Climate Strike Coalition, which includes Sunrise Movement and Zero Hour, issued a press statement Wednesday focusing on U.S. actions on September 20th.

“The youth uprising,” said 350.org North America director Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, “is backed by millions who refuse to sit by while the Trump administration, hand-in-hand with fossil fuel executives, continues their campaign of climate denial and policy rollbacks, all while we face extreme heat waves, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.”

“We stand with communities demanding economic transformation that works for our collective right to a sustainable, healthy, and livable future,” she continued.

Backing up the need for the mobilization is ample evidence of the climate crisis. As the Global Climate Strike website sums up:

  • Our house is on fire.
  • Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people.
  • We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations, and climate justice at its heart.

The inter-generational and global actions, according to the global organizers, can serve to show the size of chorus of those demanding and en to the fossil fuel economy, bring out those previous on the sidelines of the climate justice fight, and “kickstart a huge wave of action and renewed ambition all over the world.”

To make that happen, massive turnout is necessary, said Evan Cholerton of Earth Strike International.

“Multinational corporations aren’t going to give up anything unless we fight,” he said.

“This is a fight for ourselves, for our future, and for future generations,” continued Cholerton. “This is a fight for justice for all: workers, students, parents, teachers, conservatives, liberals, socialists, and everyone else. We can fight against climate breakdown, and we can fight against environmental destruction. We need to all be part of this, or else the establishment won’t budge.”

“We can do this,” he added, “if we do this together.”

  • Greeley Miklashek

    Great news! Does this include a pledge to restrict our reproduction to one or no child per couple? Otherwise it’s just BS. Too many humans are using too many natural resources and producing too much pollution. Questions? Stress R Us

  • Margaret Flowers


  • gruppler

    Are you anti-science?

  • kevinzeese

    The Malthusian population crisis has been at the top of some people’s agenda’s for a very long time but have not amounted to much because they have been an exaggeration and a tool to attack the poor. The population is stabilizing and going down in most parts of the world, except for developing areas that use low energy per capita. It is projected to be shrinking globally during this century. Education, birth control, abortion and ending inequality are the keys to managing the population.

    The real issue is North America, and Western Europe primarily where we use most of the energy and food, and where we are wasteful and destructive of the planet. This is especially true for the US and its extreme militarism and never-ending wars. Those are the real issues that need focus.

  • Greeley Miklashek

    I follow your simplistic and uninformed reply and wish you well as you watch yourself and everyone you love perishing from population density stress. Malthus, who I’m certain you haven’t bothered to read, not that would keep you from offering your uninformed opinion anyway, was correct in many ways and just hadn’t factored in our unbridled greed and willingness to sacrifice every last natural resource in our Mother Earth to produce ever greater numbers of our species. 230,000 (net) new copies of ourselves are produced daily, 83M annually. Your critique of us over-consuming Westerners and rich Asians is well taken. Otherwise, you’re just spouting so much hot air and ignorant unfounded opinion. Why are you a “moderator”? Stress R Us

  • ThisOldMan

    Unfortunately, you are both correct: If the world’s population had not grown since neolithic times, the sixth great extinction would probably not yet be upon us, and if the global North had valued the natural environment as much as it valued its by-now profligate lifestyle, nature would again be in much better shape. At this late date, however, I think we need to start doing something about both, before nature does it for us. Which seems the more likely outcome to me …

  • george linker

    way to go . Support mass murder to save your own butt. What losers these climate people really are. Sad examples of humans