MANCHESTER, NH – On September 20, young people and adults will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Building on a historic surge of student protests and strikes for climate action, the September 20 strike comes ahead of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change three days later when world leaders will convene in New York with the goal of deepening climate ambition. In over 150 countries, people are already pledging to organize events on September 20 and during the Week of Action that will follow it. The September 20 Climate Strike is an intergenerational, intersectional effort that will result in a range of events taking place across the country. Led by the youth climate strikers, people will walk out of school and work to join mass marches and rallies, to music concerts, sit-ins, and nonviolent direct action, connecting the climate movement to civic engagement.
“We need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past,” said Katie Eder, Executive Director of Future Coalition. “We demand a Green New Deal, respect of Indigenous lands and sovereignty, environmental justice, protection and restoration of biodiversity, and implementation of sustainable agriculture.”
Youth in Manchester along with 350NH are leading the Manchester strike, demanding stark climate action be taken by local, national, and global politicians. Jennifer Dube with 350NH said “Manchester is striking because the city does not need the Granite Bridge Pipeline transporting fracked methane gas along Lake Massabesic, threatening their water supply. With projects like that in the works, it is clear that New Hampshire is not on the path to 100% clean, safe, renewable energy. We are fighting to stop this harmful pipeline project and to shut down the last major coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire. We call on our elected officials to publicly oppose the Granite Bridge Pipeline project and to endorse the Green New Deal”.
Nationally coordinated by Future Coalition, this effort includes youth organizations such as Earth Uprising, Fridays for Future USA, Extinction Rebellion-Youth, the Sunrise Movement, US Youth Climate Strike, Zero Hour, Earth Guardians and International Indigenous Youth Council. The Youth Climate Strike Coalition is steering the national campaign, with the active support, participation, and collaboration from an Adult Climate Strike Coalition, which includes leading national progressive organizations such as 350.org, Greenpeace, SEIU and March On. Youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand the change needed to protect the future.
Currently, the Youth Climate Strike Coalition is actively organizing in local communities such as here in Manchester, across the country, working closely with other youth and adult allies, to build momentum for September. More details about the strike in Manchester are currently being planned.
Find out more information about the national strikes at www.strikewithus.org
Find out more information about the Manchester strike at facebook.com/GraniteStateVsGBP