This fall, school strike movement Fridays For Future calls for a global climate action day. On September 25th, demonstrations and manifestations will take place all across the globe, all adjusted according to Covid-19 circumstances.
During the last few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced activists to find new ways of protest and use digital activism to demand climate action, as marches have not been appropriate. The 25th of September will be the first global action day of the year.
The coming months and years will be crucial in ensuring a safe pathway below 1.5°C increase in global mean temperature, a target stated in the Paris Agreement. If we are to minimise the risks of triggering irreversible chain reactions beyond human control, we need to act now. It is therefore vital that the climate crisis doesn’t get forgotten in the shadow of the coronavirus but is regarded as the utmost priority. Fridays For Future will keep protesting as long as the exploitation of nature is allowed to continue. We must continue to encourage our municipal government as well as other levels of government to take climate action and pass a green new deal.
The form of this protest has been adjusted according to local Covid-19 conditions. We have decided to plan a small, in-person protest outside of Calgary City Hall with no more than fifty people attending. In order to uphold this limit, we ask all who wish to participate in the in-person strike to sign up here. All those in attendance will be required to socially distance and wear masks. We also ask that if people wish to hold up a sign, that they bring or make their own to limit physical contact.
If you are unable to attend the in-person strike due to complications caused by COVID-19, we invite you to strike with us digitally by posting a picture of yourself with your favourite climate action sign using the hashtags #fridaysforfuture #fridaysforfutureyyc #GlobalClimateAction2020.
Adapted from fridaysforfuture.org