Stop climate change. Limit global warming. Take urgent action. It’s the drumbeat refrain that the Fridays For Future movement has been sounding since 2018 when Greta Thunberg set up camp outside Swedish Parliament.
To begin with, Greta was alone, but she was soon joined by others. Together, they created #FridaysForFuture, and encouraged other young people all over the world to join them. This marked the beginning of the global school strike for climate. A year later, climate strikes took place across the world gathering around 4 million protesters, many of them schoolchildren — the largest climate protest in history.
On Friday, September 23, scores of young climate activists around the world will return once again to the streets for this year's second worldwide youth climate strike.
Less than one month until our next global climate strike! On September 23rd we will strike for climate reparations and justice. Find out more at https://t.co/jdJTvjhs7y#PeopleNotProfitpic.twitter.com/siSOoiQACQ— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 24, 2022
The need to tackle the climate crisis has grown increasingly urgent with an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published this February, stating that climate change is intensifying and the world is far behind on the goal to keep temperature increases below 1.5 degrees Celsius — a global commitment agreed in Paris in 2015. Another IPCC report, published in April this year, highlighted that it is still possible to keep warming below 1.5C — but we need urgent and widespread climate action now.
Here’s everything you need to know about this September's climate strike.
When Is It Happening?
Friday, September 23.
Where Can I Find a Protest Near Me?
The annual event is taking place in cities around the world. Check the Fridays For Future map to find registered protests near you.
If there aren’t any close enough, you can start your own. As Greta once said: “You’re never too small to make a difference.” If you're thinking of setting up your own protest, Fridays For Future has some very helpful resources (including where to strike, whether you need permission, how to stay safe, and more) to check out here.
Can I Skip School?
Fridays For Future recommend talking to your principal and teachers ahead of time and asking them to support you. Do your research and bring accurate scientific information to these meetings to let them know you’re serious and well informed.
If you decide you can’t skip school, you can still get your school talking about the climate emergency by striking in school at lunch time for example.
Fridays For Future have some great resources including templates of letters for headteachers, how teachers can help, and more.
Can I Still Show Support if I Can’t Go to a Protest?
There are loads of ways you can get involved, without even leaving the house. You can change your social media profile picture, striking indoors with a sign posted on social media (using hashtags such as #FridaysForFuture; #ClimateStrikeonline, and #Digitalstrike).
This is just one of the many examples of how climate injustice is affecting those who have contributed the least to the climate crisis, and one of the reasons we’re calling on G20 governments and leaders around the world to take meaningful climate action NOW.
You could also get creative with a performative piece, sign online petitions, or take action urging world and business leaders to take climate action NOW with Global Citizen. Just the day after the Global Climate Strike, on Sept. 24, is Global Citizen Festival — with festival events being hosted in New York City's Central Park and Accra's Black Star Square.
You can take action to support the Global Citizen Festival campaign — urging world leaders to empower girls & women, break systemic barriers that keep people in poverty, and take urgent climate action — right now. Head here to get take action to tackle climate change now.
What's Being Protested?
The goal of the strike is to put pressure on policymakers and governments around the world, to make them listen to scientists, and take widespread and urgent action to tackle climate change and limit global warming.
Every year, the strike has a different theme — and this year, it's #PeopleNotProfit.
Environmental injustice continues to be a major issue around the world. Global warming is affecting most those that have contributed the least to climate change. That's why it's up to environmentalists from around the world to advocate for those who are bearing the brunt of climate change.
Global Citizen Festival is calling on world leaders, corporations, and philanthropists to do more than they’ve ever done before to End Extreme Poverty NOW. Through our global campaign and with stages in two iconic locations — NYC’s Central Park and Accra’s Black Star Square — we will unite leaders, artists, activists, and Global Citizens around the world on Sept. 24 to achieve an ambitious policy agenda focused on empowering girls and women, taking climate action, breaking systemic barriers, and lifting up activists and advocates. Wherever you are in the world, you can join the campaign and take action right now by downloading the Global Citizen app.