What began as the Youth Climate Strike — organized by Greta Thunberg’s group, Fridays for Future — has rallied people of all ages who feel compelled to rail against sufficient climate action around the world.
Here we are! We’ve arrived at the first-ever Global Climate Strike, the first of two massive mobilizations (the second next week, on Sept. 27) where over 150 corporations, 6,000 websites and hundreds of thousands of citizens around the world have been inspired (and, possibly, embarrassed) into action by perhaps history’s most influential 16-year-old, climate activist Greta Thunberg.
What began as the Youth Climate Strike — organized by Thunberg’s group, Fridays for Future — has exploded into a rallying cry for people of all ages who feel compelled to rail against sufficient climate action around the world. Companies large and small have been announcing for weeks their intention to close their doors today to show their support for what could become the largest-ever global demonstration in the fight against climate change; as we speak, protesters are filling the streets of towns and cities throughout the Eastern hemisphere (with the West to follow throughout the day) to demand immediate action to impede the climatic crisis. There are reportedly over 3,600 events planned around the world, leading up to next week’s Global Climate Week and the first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit in New York City on Saturday, where Thunberg will be in attendance.
The protests aim to put pressure on politicians and policy makers to finally take definitive action to mitigate climate change. Companies including Ben & Jerry’s, Coyuchi, EILEEN FISHER and Lush are closing their brick-and-mortar stores; while outdoor brands Burton and Patagonia are shutting down both their online and physical stores. For 24 hours, Burton.com will not take orders or make any sales worldwide — the site re-directs users to the Global Climate Strike website, and all of its owned stores will be used as a community space for strikers. Patagonia has closed its doors worldwide to empower employees to join their local demonstrations. (…)
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