Divestment & the Global Climate Strikes

  

A brief set of recommendations for divestment campaigns to engage in the Strikes.

 

Who are we? 

We are student organizers working with Divest Ed on national escalation for the fossil fuel divestment movement. Divest Ed is a training and strategy hub dedicated to supporting and uplifting college-student organizers undertaking fossil fuel divestment, a tactic we use in the fight for climate justice. Our organizing is guided by  our narrative and our principles. Learn more about our movement here.

 

What is the Global Climate Strike?

From the Global Climate Strike:

“School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20.

“People all over the world will use their power to stop ‘business as usual’ in the face of the climate emergency. We will join young people in the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown.”

 

When is it?

The global strike is on Friday, September 20th, 2019. Following the Global Climate Strike is a week of climate action ending with a Workers’ Strike on Friday, September 27th. 

 

Why are we participating? 

As fossil fuel divestment campaigns, we are just one facet of a global struggle for climate justice. We are obligated to participate in this strike for two reasons:

  1. We must stand in solidarity with others working towards a more just and livable future. Joining in on this climate strike is an opportunity to build relationships and coalitions with other organizations, groups, and individuals devoted to climate justice.
  2. We must show that fossil fuel divestment is a part of a just solution to the climate crisis.

 

How should we be participating?

Is there a local strike initiative already planned in your area?

  • Yes: If this option is available to your campaign, we strongly recommend joining and supporting a local strike initiative. Check to see if a local high school or environmental group, your local Sunrise Movement chapter, or your local 350 node is already planning one. If applicable, consider marching from your campus to the main rally to build solidarity between campuses and with the community at large. Also, be sure to ask the organizers how you can support by offering to provide speakers, materials, social media advertisements, or any other skills and resources your campaign your campaign is willing to share. This is a great opportunity to build and strengthen alliances with the groups in your area. More information about supporting school strikes can be found here.
  • No: If there are no groups organizing climate strikes in your area that you can connect with, you can participate in the day of action in other ways. Campaigns that have the resources and energy to do so are encouraged to hold a march, rally, or walkouts. Other options for engagement include tabling on your campus, posting or holding signs in a highly visible area, and promoting the strikes on social media. When posting, remember to use #ClimateStrike. Check out Divest Ed’s website for campaign resources.

 

No matter how your campaign chooses to participate, remember to keep the message centered around climate justice and divestment as a tactic to achieve it. These strikes are intended to spread the narrative of the youth climate strike, taking leadership from the youth who sparked these actions, not to advertise individual organizations. For this reason, we do not intend to promote Divest Ed or directly ask people to join our campaigns. However, divestment is strongly aligned with the narrative of the Global Climate Strike, and it should be part of the conversation on the day of the event.

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