The U.S. Youth Climate Strike will sweep the nation on Friday, March 15. Young leaders across the country will strike school to demand action on climate change. A local strike is planned for Pittsburgh City Hall on Friday, March 15 from 12-2pm.
Its sister strike in Philadelphia will take place at the same time. Representatives from U.S. Youth Climate Strike, Breathe Project, and Clean Water Action will speak on the significance of climate change and ways in which the community can mobilize to save the planet.
With just 11 years to change the trajectory of the worst effects of climate change, U.S. Youth Climate Strike feels that world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address the threat our planet faces. The official mission of the movement is to demand radical legislative action, endorse the Green New Deal and a 100% renewable economy, demand an end to the creation of fossil fuel infrastructure, and encourage national emergency designation for the climate crisis. Strike leaders ask that those who cannot attend wear green in solidarity with the movement.
We, the youth of America, are striking because decades of inaction has left us with just 11 years to change the trajectory of the worst effects of climate change, according to the Oct 2018 UN IPCC Report. We are striking because our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis. We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation —especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities— are already disproportionately impacted by climate change. We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. We are striking for the Green New Deal, for a fair and just transition to a 100% renewable economy, and for ending the creation of additional fossil fuel infrastructure. Additionally, we believe the climate crisis should be declared a national emergency because we are running out of time.
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