On September 20th, over 650,000 people in the US took to the streets to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.
In the US, there were nearly 1,350 strikes in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and DC. Young people and adults stood side by side as they chanted and shared in the collective energy, demanding a future safe from climate catastrophe for all generations to come.
From shutting down over a mile of Broadway in NYC to young people flooding the Boston City Hall to standing outside in the aftermath of a tropical storm in Houston – the day was nothing short of history making. And it was just the beginning.
September 20th was the launch of a new era of the climate movement. The strike catapulted our ability to collectively organize and set a new bar for the work that we are doing. In debriefing conversations with partners, it became clear that organizations, youth-led and adult-led, institutional and grassroots alike, are re-inspired by the work around the strikes.
The Strike With Us campaign united the climate movement in an unprecedented way – people set aside personal agendas and organizational priorities to come together as one movement. And people are ready to move forward with this same spirit of collaboration and unity.