Global Climate Strike | Fridays for Future

Washington D.C. September 20th 2019

Washington D.C. September 20th 2019

Today was the Global Climate Strike for students, led by Greta Thunberg and her movement Fridays for Future. I attended in Washington D.C. which started at John Marshall park and ended in front of the Capitol building. It was a pretty incredible sight to see thousands upon thousands of people turn up to stand beside our students and fight for not only their futures, but our own. It never ceases to amaze me how incredible our youth are, and the power they have inside them. Not only are they incredibly smart, but they are also in complete understanding of the social and cultural contexts around environmental justice. This isn’t meant to sound patronising, I am in genuine awe of their wealth of knowledge and understanding, and I only wish that I can get to where they’re already at in the future.

The support in person and online was overwhelming and gave me a massive sense of hope that we might actually be able to change something. Whether you were there in person, or shared and supported online, every single one of you who took part matters, and is making history by participating in our generations greatest emergency.

Change is going to happen, whether we want it to or not. This is why striking and non-violent protests are incredibly important. It sends a message to our leaders that we will not stand for apathy when it comes to justice for the climate and those affected by global warming. We must fight for those on the frontlines, who’s homes are burning in the Amazon Rainforest, or swept away in floods in Mozambique. People are not acceptable losses to climate change.

Washington D.C. September 20th 2019

Washington D.C. September 20th 2019

How to get involved

Share Online: One of the easiest ways to get involved is to share things online on your various social media accounts. Whether thats a news story about a climate disaster that isn’t getting the coverage it needs, or the words of an activist who needs the help of their community to uplift their message. This is one of the best ways to help because you can spread a message incredibly quickly, and do a lot of good with a small amount of effort. Sharing protests and strikes online is also really important, especially if you’re not able to go yourself because of work or other commitments that you simply can’t miss.

Strike: If there’s anything we’ve learned from the past few months, it’s that one person certainly CAN make a difference. Greta Thunberg was simply one person, and managed to galvanise millions of people around the world to stand up and strike for the climate. Turning up and being a body in the crowd is one of the most important things you can do.

Write to your local officials: This is a great way to make yourself heard, and let them know exactly what you want to change and why. Wanjiku (ไข่มุก) Gatheru, otherwise known as Wawa, is a perfect example of someone who’s activism got state law changed in the US to make learning about the environment a mandatory credit at University. How epic is that.

Work in policy or for an environmental org: This is more easily said than done of course but it really is a good route especially for those of you looking to take your activism to a level that is a couple steps further.

That’s it for this post on activism, make sure to check out Wawa and her work along with Friday’s for Future and get striking!

Imogen Lucas