September 20 Youth-Led Climate StrikeJoin thousands of people striking worldwide!
Read our demands
ALSO, on Friday, September 27, we invite you to join youth and allies on to protest Chevron, one of the world’s biggest polluters, which is headquartered here in the Bay Area. Chevron knowingly pollutes the Richmond area, the Central Valley, the earth, and many other communities. Chevron is one of the top climate polluters in history – one of four fossil fuel companies that are the highest emitters of carbon since 1988 and one of the top 100 companies that are responsible for 71% of all global emissions. We will be demanding that Chevron gets off of fossil fuels by 2025 and that they stop using their influence to harm frontline communities and our future. We also demand that Governor Newsom hold Chevron accountable.
If you are a young person who wants to join the delegation, please sign up.
Join the Sept 20 Strike
- More info on the strike route, targets, and rationale
- Labor and Adult contingent, please meet at Civic Center Plaza.
- Please remember to bring your own water bottle and snacks.
- To request to speak or perform at the strike, click here
- For help with transportation to the strike or dealing with school lunches, click here
- There are chants for each stop on the strike:
Help organize the Sept 20 strike
At your school
- Tips on how to organize your school for the strike
- Graphics you can share or print
- Request a YVA presentation at your school
- We also have a downloadable guide for running a workshop at your school about the climate crisis and the power of the youth strike. Click here for an in-depth workshop or here for a shorter version.
- Letter template to reach out to school officials
- Logistical and prep tips for teachers
- Youth and adults can join a working group to plan for the strike on the 20th
- PLEASE HELP US FUND BUSES, FOOD, AND OTHER EXPENSES BY DONATING HERE AND SHARING: https://www.gofundme.com/youth-vs-apocalypse-will-not-stop
Other ways to get involved during the week of the strike
Throughout the week we encourage students and teachers to lead workshops on the threat of climate breakdown and opportunities to fight for climate justice. We will post a guide to leading a workshop in your school or community on our website, including a lesson plan, slides to share, activities to lead, and ways you can get your class or group to take action for climate justice from where they are.
Throughout the week we will be highlighting one of the demands listed below each day using graphics and social media posts.
Throughout the week we will be encouraging youth to post short videos responding to the crisis and speaking on their demands using the hashtag #YouthVsApocalypse
Throughout the week we also encourage youth and adults to be part of additional actions for climate justice led by other groups. All of these are listed on bayareaclimatestrike.net
- We demand a safe, healthy, and just planet. This climate crisis threatens our ability to live. If climate change continues on this course, we won’t be able to eat, breathe, or have safe shelter. In order to successfully fight the climate crisis we are facing, we must also fight the systems of white supremacy, racism, greed, and exploitation that have led us to it. Fighting for climate justice means fighting for a world that is safe, healthy, and just for all of its inhabitants. We must enact climate emergency plans at the local, state, national, and international level. Action Item: We demand that Feinstein, Pelosi, and all California representatives endorse the resolution for the Green New Deal.
- We demand justice and asylum for people displaced by climate change. Individuals and families displaced by climate change seek asylum in a safe place because they have nowhere else to go. Climate justice means abolishing ICE, closing concentration camps at the border, ending family separation, and creating inclusive new laws and regulations that treat everyone as human. Action Item: We demand all California reps at the federal level vote no on any bill that directs funds to ICE and CBP until they close the camps, stop separating families, reunite families that have been separated, uphold the Flores Agreement, and take accountability for their actions
- We demand policy based on science, which means we must make immediate plans to get off fossil fuels and reverse carbon pollution in the next 5 to 10 years. We have eleven years before the effects of the climate emergency are irreversible. We can’t afford to compromise with climate change deniers. We must enact immediate legislation based on scientific analysis of carbon emissions and the ways that fossil fuels and climate disasters impact frontline communities. Science clearly shows that global temperatures are rising dangerously, and that we are on track to face unprecedented climate disasters. We demand a Green New Deal, starting with a resolution that lays out a science-based plan to dramatically cut carbon emissions by 2030, and reach negative emissions by 2050. Action Item: We demand that Governor Newsom act immediately to stop new fossil fuel projects and enact a 2500-ft health and safety buffer protecting frontline communities as a first step to a just transition off all fossil fuel production, processing and infrastructure to 100% clean, renewable energy. We further demand that CalSTRS, the teachers retirement fund, immediately divest the 6 billion dollars they have in the fossil fuel industry.
- We demand that people, not corporations, influence politics. Representation and transparency are vital for successful democracies; corporate money must be taken out of politics. We demand all politicians sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.” We demand Citizens United must be overturned and super PAC’s be abolished. Corporate funding and donations from millionaires and billionaires must be replaced with public funding of elections in addition to small-dollar donations. To ensure that every vote counts, we must restore the Voting Rights Act, secure automatic registration for every citizen above 16, and re-enfranchise those convicted of felonies. Action Item: Lower the voting age to 16.
- We demand equal rights for all. The government must be for the people, by the people; all policies and decisions made must be for the benefit of all. Black and trans lives matter; the Equality Act must be passed. The rights of Brown, Black, and Middle Eastern migrants must be respected. Women deserve full reproductive justice, and equity in the workplace. We demand universal background checks and Medicare for All in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. We demand diversity and representation, and intersectionality must fuel the climate justice movement. Frontline communities must have a voice and leadership role, and we look to indigenous communities to lead the transition to a just and sustainable world. Action item: California must pass Medicare for all as a step towards equal rights for all.
- We demand that humans protect the rights of nature. Just as humans have rights, nature has rights. Humans have a moral obligation to respect and protect plants, animals, and ecosystems. We demand that the rights of nature be legally represented. This includes legislation to provide sanctuary for endangered species, regulate hunting, and end deforestation, pollution, destructive fuel extraction, fracking, factory farming, and unsustainable agriculture. All life is interconnected, and we must live in harmony with the Earth. Action item: We demand that our representatives and courts protect the Endangered Species Act, and push to ban all fossil fuel extraction on public land. We demand that BlackRock and other corporations stop doing business with companies that are destroying rainforests in Brazil.
- We demand a just transition. Countries and individuals that have contributed the most to climate change must be held accountable. We demand urgent climate action, including the GND, that protects vulnerable communities and create economic justice. Policies must respect workers’ rights ’to living wages and health care, young people’s rights to free, relevant education, and everyone’s right to affordable housing. To quote Movement Generation: “Transition is inevitable. Justice is not. A just transition is the process of getting from where we are to where we need to be by transforming the systems of economy and governance.“Action Item: No PG&E bailout, we need community controlled, accountable local clean energy!