Today's global climate strike has begun: Start times, locations, how to get involved
Where and when to join protests demanding action on climate change this Friday, Sept. 20.
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When Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school student, sat in front of the Swedish parliament building with her hand-painted "Skolstrejk för klimatet" sign, she kick-started a worldwide movement. It wasn't the first time school kids had walked out of school to demand change, but Thunberg's one-person strike on the steps of parliament drew global attention. On Fridays leading up to the 2018 Swedish election, she'd miss class to protest, sign in hand.
Thunberg has become the face of the new movement, inspiring students across the world to leave school and demand action on climate change. In March, students took to the streets in over 2,000 cities asking adults to take responsibility for the climate crisis. Smaller strikes occurred in May, June and August.
This series of strikes is set to be the biggest yet and will see students and adults walk out of their schools and workplaces to "demand an end to the age of fossil fuels."
On Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, thousands of climate strikes will take place in cities across the world. Thunberg herself will be attending the climate strike in New York on Sept. 20, but no matter where you are across the world, a climate strike is likely within your vicinity.
Where can I join a strike?
A massive number of strikes are registered on the Global Climate Strike website, so that's a great place to start if you're seeking a nearby climate strike to attend. The locations of major strikes occurring across the US, UK and Australia are listed below. All times are local.
New York City: 12 p.m. @ Foley
, 1 Federal Plaza
Boston: 11:30 a.m. @ Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square
Chicago: 11 a.m. @Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St
Philadelphia: 12 p.m. @ Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd
Washington D.C.: 11 a.m. @ John Marshall Park, marching to Capitol Hill
Los Angeles: 12 p.m. @ Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street
San Francisco: 9 a.m. @ Nancy Pelosi's office,San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th St
The UK Student Climate Network has a handy "Find a strike" feature on its website, you just need to throw your postcode in and a list of events will appear. The major strike will occur in London and will begin near the Palace of Westminster, along the River Thames. Many marches and rallies will take place across the city.
London: 11 a.m. @ Millbank, Westminster
Birmingham: 11 a.m. @ Victoria Square
Manchester: 10 a.m. @ Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square
Edinburgh: 11 a.m. @Middle Meadow Walk in The Meadows
Glasgow: 11 a.m. @ Kelvingrove Park, 6 Professors' Square
Eight major events are taking place in capital cities across Australia.