Past Climate Strikes
Earth Day 2020
Youth and Frontline communities in the San Francisco Bay Area are coming together to demand a Just Transition and Green New Deal that leaves no one behind. We are organizing to say that no one is disposable.
In alliance with the current shelter in place, we are calling for a three-day digital climate strike. Throughout these days of action, starting on Earth Day, we encourage everyone to make art in their homes-whether that be paintings, dances, or music- make TikTok videos, or just selfies, slogans, or posters and share on social media under both #NoOneIsDisposable and the specific hashtag corresponding with the daily targets.
Here are some slogans/prompts that can be used throughout the week:
- No one is disposable. We need….
- I am not disposable. My life depends on….
- No one is disposable. I am fighting for….
- No one is disposable. I stand with….
April 22nd: Earth Day: #ResistTrumpocalypse
Capitalism is at the root of both climate change, and the reason why this crisis has gotten so out of hand. In both cases the people who are most at risk are poor people and people of color because they are systematically more likely to have pre-existing conditions, and lack the resources necessary to survive either pandemic. Because those who are most impacted are the same, so are a lot of the solutions. Like Medicare for all housing justice, and abolishing ICE. The coronavirus pandemic has proven once again that our current system, built around capitalism and colonialism, does not work, it has proved that we have to listen to scientists and take action accordingly, and it has proved that we must treat all people and the Earth with respect.
The specific hashtag for this day will be #ResistTrumpocalypse
April 23rd: #DivestFromDestruction #InvestInFrontlineSolutions #StopTheMoneyPipeline
On Thursday, April 23rd, we will be targeting financial institutions. With your content for the day, feel free to target banks, retirement funds like CalSTRS, or any other financial institution that you know is making unsustainable or cruel investments. These posts can be shared under #DivestFromDestruction, #InvestInFrontlineSolutions, and #StopTheMoneyPipeline.
April 24th: #SolidarityForSurvival
On the last day of action, Friday April 24th, we will be standing in solidarity for indigenous rights, and Muslim groups observing the first day of Ramadan. The posts for this day can be tagged. #SolidarityForSurvival.
September Week of Action
On Friday, September 20th, starting at 10 am, at 90 7th St. in San Francisco we call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for. We will again start at the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and will connect targets in government, finance, and energy.
ALSO, on Friday, September 27 from 9 am to noon, 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.
- 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!
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- Tips on how to organize your school for the strike
- 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.
- Logistical and prep tips for teachers