Over One Million to Take Part in Youth Climate Strike

By: Jaisal Noor and Dharna Noor | September 20, 2019

UPDATED 1:17 PM EST


UPDATED 11:49 AM EST: Hundreds of Baltimore City School students walked out of class today because “The people in charge of our government are putting children in jeopardy.”


 

Over a million kids are expected to skip school on Friday to demand world leaders take on the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves.

Organizers say over 5,000 actions will take place in 157 countries, kicking off a week of youth-led climate action.

The Real News will be on the ground in New York and Baltimore, so stay tuned for updates throughout the day.

To show support, New York City and Boston school districts plan to excuse all absences for participants. Amnesty International has also backed the strike, and is urging schools nationwide to not discipline students who walk out of classes.

The strike comes months after 1.4 million students took part in a worldwide climate walkout in March, and organizers expect Friday’s numbers to surpass that. This time, youth organizers have explicitly encouraged adults to join the strike, too.

This Friday’s action falls on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastating landfall in Puerto Rico, which killed thousands. It also comes just days before the major United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

New York’s action will feature young climate leaders such as plaintiffs in the Juliana vs United States case, members of youth-led environmental organizations Zero Hour and the Sunrise Movement, and 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Earlier this week, Thunberg appeared in front of Congress alongside other youth climate leaders to urge representative to heed scientists’ warnings and push forth climate policy.

“This is not the time and place for dreams, this is the time to wake up,” she said before the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. “This is the moment in history we need to be wide awake,”

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Related Bios

Jaisal Noor

Jaisal is a host, producer, and reporter for TRNN. With his expertise in education policy and systemic inequity, he focuses on Baltimore, Maryland. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio…

Dharna Noor

Dharna Noor is senior correspondent and editor of the Real News Network’s Climate Crisis Bureau. Her work has appeared in Jacobin, Truthout, Alternet, and other publications. She also works with Tubman House’s community farm in West Baltimore and sings with the Canticle Singers of Baltimore.