What’s next: 10 ways to build on the climate strike momentum
From September 20 to 27 2019, more than 7.6 million people across the globe rose up for climate justice. Across Canada, more than 800,000 took part – making this the largest climate mobilization in global history. That’s incredible!
Youth are demanding change. It’s up to the rest of us to show we’re truly listening and taking meaningful action.
So, what’s next? If we stop here, it’s not going to be enough to achieve the level of change we need. It will take all of us, youth and adults, continuing to build the pressure even further. Individual actions are great, but what we need most is collective effort to make system-wide changes. That means everyone, together.
Here are ten ways you can help deepen the impact of the Global Climate Strikes:
1. Support the youth and kids in your life. Ask questions and listen to what they say, think and feel about climate change. Get outside to connect with nature together. For Our Kids offers resources for taking climate-friendly action as a family, talking with your kids and dealing with climate grief. If you’re a teacher, get resources for learning and talking about the climate emergency with your students with Sierra Club BC’s teacher resource package. Learn how to teach your students about climate justice in BC with this resource from CCPA and BCTF.
2. Talk to your friends, neighbours, coworkers, family members, local leaders, elected representatives, and your kids’ teachers. Tell them why you support climate striking youth and why we need to take bold action together to tackle the climate emergency. If you want to connect with people in your community, why not start by hosting a conversation at your home or local community centre? If you have kids, connect with the parents of other kids at your school. Get tips for talking about climate change here,here,here, and here.
3. Advocate for bold climate action in the federal election on October 21. Demand bold, unprecedented commitments from all parties. Sign up to get out the vote with Sierra Club BC and ensure those who care about strong climate policies get to the polls. Ask hard questions at all-candidates debates. Learn how to address racism during this election and talk about a shared vision of climate and social justice that includes everyone with this 350 Canada webinar.
9. Speak out on social media. Greta Thunberg has inspired people around the world, but she’s not the only one. Follow and amplify the voices of Indigenous youth and youth of colour who are calling for climate justice – leaders like Autumn Peltier,Isra Hirsi,Tekanang and Mari Copeny. Make a personal commitment to taking tangible climate actions in your life and share your personal story on social media to encourage others to act too. When talking about climate strikes, use the hashtags #GlobalClimateStrike, #EarthStrike, #FridaysForFuture and #ClimateStrike.
10. Contribute. Offer your skills as a volunteer – while being mindful that this is about standing behind youth leaders. If you’re a facilitator or teacher, why not offer a workshop or skill-share? If you have financial resources, please donate generously to groups working on climate justice. Sierra Club BC is one of many groups working for a livable climate – support us or others. If you’re already giving, make a commitment to increase your level of support or become a monthly donor.
There’s a massive and growing community of people committed to transforming our economies in a way that works for us all – workers, youth, families, immigrants, Indigenous peoples – everyone. We can meet the challenge of radically reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and making a just transition to a clean energy economy, but only if we work together.
We’re in. Are you?
Photos and video of the September 27 climate strike in Victoria on Lekwungen territory by Mya Van Woudenberg.