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
Local Silicon Valley Demands:
Fund seamless public transportation instead of road expansion.
Electrify all new construction by 2021.
Fund building electrification retrofits and stakeholder education on electrification.
Phase out fossil fuel projects while simultaneously creating green jobs for fossil fuel workers.
Protect local wildlife habitats and natural working lands such as Coyote Valley.
Oppose the proposed Sargent Quarry at Juristac: a project that would destroy an ancient religious
center, impact the cultural environment, and severely affect the natural environment; demand an
immediate end to injection-induced (either hydraulic or air/gas) oil production at Sargent Oil Field.
Divest from fossil fuels.
Engage in plastics and waste reduction (including a ban on single-use plastics).
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
Establish sustainability teams with adequate funding and resources.
Include environmental literacy in K-8 curriculum.
Green New Deal
Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers.
Invest in sustainable infrastructure of the United States to meet the challenges of 21st century
Environmental Justice and a just transition for all communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
Create millions of good, high-wage jobs in new sectors created from transitioning off of fossil
fuels; and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States.
Secure clean air and water, climate and community resilience, healthy food, access to nature, and
preserve and restore natural ecosystems.
A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution;
Center marginalized communities including people of color and LGBTQ people.
Respect of Indigenous People, Land, and Sovereignty
Adhere to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; honor the Treaties
protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty. Cease the operation, construction, and
expansion of the keystone xl pipeline, dakota access pipeline, enbridge line 3 and line 5 pipelines,
the bayou bridge pipeline, and other major oil pipelines.
Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect sacred ecosystems and align human law with
natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people. (Such as granting
legal personhood to bodies of water).
Strengthening the laws that allow Tribal and public input into the approval process and oversight
of new projects that affect the natural and cultural environment.
Ending NEPA and CEQA loopholes that allow certain industries (privately held railroads,
most agriculture, etc.) exemptions from these laws.
Allowing Indigenous groups to be actual deciders, rather than powerless advisors, to
projects that affect their cultural sites and ancestral lands.
Ensuring that Indigenous communities are given a leadership role in the decision-making process
in formulating responses to the Climate Crisis; Do this is in line with the United Nations
Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ratified by a majority of UN Members.
Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity
Protection and restoration of 50% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation
Maximize habitat protection during the buildout of renewable development.
Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture and investment in farmers
Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture.
Get Money Out of Politics
End the corruptive political practice of corporate personhood: Recognize that money is does not
Carbon Fee and Dividend
Implement a strong Carbon Fee and Dividend that holds the biggest polluters accountable for
their damage to the environment and our communities.
Redistribute the wealth to those most at risk from climate change.