Hundreds of thousands join global Climate Strike September 20-27

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The September 2019 climate strikes are a series of international strikes and protests led by young people and adults to demand action be taken to address climate change. The strikes will centre around the dates September 20, which is three days before the United Nations Climate Summit, and September 27. The protests are taking place across 4,500 locations in 150 countries. The event is a part of the school strike for climate movement, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Protesters across Asia Pacific demand governments take urgent steps to prevent climate change catastrophe.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters, many of them students who skipped school, have gathered in cities across Asia, kicking off a day of worldwide protests calling for action against climate change ahead of a UN summit.
From the Pacific Islands to Australia and India, protesters took to the streets on Friday, demanding their governments take urgent steps to tackle the climate crisis and prevent an environmental catastrophe.
Organisers estimated 300,000 people turned up for the "global climate strike" in Australia, the world's largest exporter of coal and liquid natural gas.
Protests were staged in 110 towns and cities across the country, with crowds calling on the government to commit to a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The strike is the third global strike of the school strike for climate movement. The first strike in March 2019 had 1.6 million participants from over 125 countries. The second in May 2019 was timed to coincide with the 2019 European Parliament election, consisting over 1,600 events in 125 countries. The third strikes will center around September 20 and September 27. They are timed to occur around the United Nations summits on the Youth Climate Summit (September 21) and the Climate Action Summit (September 23). September 27 is also the anniversary of the publishing of Silent Spring, a 1962 book which was key to starting the environmentalist movement.
The strikes are predicted by some news media to be the largest climate protest in world history.
Protests by country
On September 20, organisers estimated that over 300,000 people attended 100 rallies for the global climate strike in Australia. Over 2,500 businesses allowed employees to take part in the strikes, or closed entirely for the day. In Melbourne, one protest gathered an estimated 100,000 participants. Organisers claim that 80,000 people took part in a protest at The Domain in Sydney. A strike in Brisbane gathered a reported 20,000 protesters, whilst organisers reported figures of 22,000, 10,000 and 8,000 for strikes in Hobart, Perth and Adelaide, respectively.
Australian protests called for the government to reach "100 percent renewable energy generation and exports" by 2030, to refrain from starting new fossil fuel projects and to fund "a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel industry workers and communities".
No protests were organised by the Chinese government. A spokesperson for the China Youth Climate Action Network, Zheng Xiaowen, said that "Chinese youth have their own methods" and that action would take place.
Over 500 strikes are planned in Germany, with Flixbus offering free travel to protesters who take a selfie as evidence. Some German companies encouraged their employees to strike, including Flixbus, the GLS Bank, pension provider Hannoversche Kassen, price comparison website Idealo and energy company Naturstrom AG ; Düsseldorf municipal employees were also permitted to strike.
South Africa
Across South Africa, 18 protests took place, including protests organised by the African Climate Alliance. The strikes were supported by the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign, the Co-operative and Policy Alternative Center, Earthlife Africa, and Greenpeace. They were also endorsed by the South African Federation of Trade Unions. Protests took place at the headquarters of energy company Sasol, with protesters calling on Sasol to provide "a just transition plan that meets the needs of workers, affected communities, the country, the continent and the world".
United Kingdom
The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) have planned over 200 events across the United Kingdom for September 20. They support a "Green New Deal" and for the age to vote to be reduced from 18 to 16. The strikes are supported by trade unions, the University and College Union, Unite the Union, and the Trade Union Congress. The Co-operative Bank collaborated with Unite to allow its workforce to strike. Teachers were warned that encouraging students to strike or failing to record student absences could lead to legal or disciplinary action.
Protests in Westminster began at 11 a.m. on September 20. Extinction Rebellion plan to block the Port of Dover on September 21.
United States
A ​youth climate strike coalition​ came together to collaborate on the campaign. The youth strike coalition, coordinated by Future Coalition, includes national youth-led groups such as Zero Hour, Earth Uprising, Fridays For Future USA, Sunrise, US Youth Climate Strike, International Indigenous Youth Council, Earth Guardians, and Extinction Rebellion Youth.
In addition to the youth coalition, a broad adult climate strike coalition, coordinated by and March On, is actively supporting the strike. The adult coalition includes the following organizations: Sierra Club, Center for Popular Democracy, NRDC, MoveOn, Hip Hop Caucus, and Oxfam.
The strike includes a voter registration drive for youth who are turning 18. More than 10,000 youth have registered to vote in battleground states in two weeks.
The event is one of the largest climate mobilizations in US history. Over 1,000 strike events were planned in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. The New York City school district, with more than one million students, has given permission for youth to skip school for the day to participate in the strike and the Boston school district followed suit and Chicago's Department of Education announced they would not mark students absent if they returned after the strike.
In a Manhattan protest on September 20, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke, having sailed to the US across the Atlantic in August 2019.
The September 20 climate strikes received broad support from different civil society sectors including over 2,300 faith leaders who signed a letter in support of the strike. More than 600 health and medical professionals have signed a "doctor's note" excusing students from school, declaring that the climate crisis is a health emergency.
Numerous business including Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, and Lush Cosmetics announced they would be closed on the 20th to support the strike. More than 6,000 websites, including Tumblr and WordPress, will go dark to support the strike on Friday. Over 900 Amazon employees have signed an internal petition pledging to walk out over Amazon's lack of action on climate change. A day before the strike Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, unveiled an extensive new plan to tackle climate change and committed to meet the goals of the UN’s Paris Agreement ten years ahead of schedule.
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