Mark 20th September on your calendar and hope that you can legitimately skip work, and that too for the sake of the environment.
16-year old environment activist Greta Thunberg has initiated a mass resistance against climate change and its no joke – this has now become a world wide movement.
The Global Climate Strike aims to sound an alarm and force politicians and policymakers across the world into action. It will start with a week of climate action in more than 150 countries across the world. The week will see people protesting everything from new mining projects to green-house gas emissions and the politicians enabling all of this to happen. Other strikes are aimed at raising awareness in communities and pushing for solutions to the climate crisis.
In India too, protests have been planned for 20 September in several cities including Pune, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Large turnouts are expected in New York, Berlin and London and strikes have been organised across Africa, Latin America, the Pacific, Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe.
You can either join an existing strike near you or start your own. This requires you to skip work for a day—as a form of resistance—and join one of the rallies. Navigate through the map on the website to find a strike close by and RSVP to attend.
If your city is not on the list, you can start a climate change strike of your own. Just pick your country, register your strike and spread the word. If you’re confused about what exactly a strike would entail, the website has a guide which includes instructions on how to get started, tips for recruiting new people and creative ideas for actions.