SILICON VALLEY YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKE 9/20/19
Sept. 20 Youth Climate Strike and Rally
2:45pm - Strike and March at Diridion Station
3:30-5pm - Rally, Speakers, Resource Fair at San Jose City Hall
With the consequences of the climate crisis becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. On September 20, for the first time, the adults are joining us.
We, as a global society, are at a crossroads. We have a decision to make. Are we going to choose money or power or are we going to choose the future? The September 20 strike is an invitation to everyone to choose us. Choose the kids, choose humanity, choose the future.
We are striking in San Jose to spread awareness and demand action NOW from our government at all levels. September 20 is only the beginning. We must carry this energy beyond this day to ensure real, bold action is taken to address the climate crises. This is history in the making, and it’s time we take back the narrative to save our futures.
Our strike will begin with individual walkouts at various schools. Whatever action works: host a walkout! Host a rally! Or even host an art build to make posters that express your concern for the environment. Then the next step is to spread the word (flyers, videos, social media posts, word of mouth) to everyone you know! The climate crisis is something that will affect us all.
After the school rally, students should find their way to Diridon Station and meet there before 2:45. We will then march to San Jose City Hall and have a rally on the City Hall steps from 4 to 5 pm, which will consist of speakers elaborating on our mission and purpose along with a resource fair for how everyone can continue their actions past the strike. And of course, we’ll have chants and other ways to get hyped and demand action!
Additional note for the Global Strike: Led by a diverse coalition of youth-led and adult-led organizations, September 20 is an intergenerational day of striking that will launch an entire week of climate action across the world. Find out more about that week of action here, with San Francisco’s Youth Vs Apocalypse.
VOLUNTEER AT THE STRIKE
We ask of Local Governments, Schools and Tech Companies:
Public Transit (Densify housing near public transit)
Electrify New Construction by 2021
Fund Building electrification retrofits
Phase Out Fossil Fuel Projects (while simultaneously creating green jobs for fossil fuel workers)
Protect local wildlife habitats (consider the balance b/t building green infrastructure and protecting habitat)
Divest from Fossil Fuels
Plastics and Waste Reduction
Support Green Mondays, featuring environmentally responsible plant-based meals on Mondays (or another day), and educating residents on the impacts of their food choices on climate change and the environment
A federal Green New Deal
Respect of Indigenous People, Land, and Sovereignty
Environmental Justice and a just transition for all communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity
Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture and investment in farmers