The time is now – why everyone should strike for the climate

Friends of the Earth is calling on people across the country to follow the lead of young people and join what is set to be the largest ever global strike for the climate tomorrow (20 September).
  Published:  19 Sep 2019    |      1 minute read

On Friday schools may be empty but the streets will be full, as young people walk out to demand emergency climate action and they’re asking you to join them.

Muna Suleiman, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said:

“Most of us want to fix the climate crisis. And it can be done. But we need our politicians to act.

“Climate breakdown is already hurting people around the world, with many of those who have contributed least to the crisis, being subjected to the harshest impacts.

“And right when we need our leaders to step up, they continue to let us down. From filling the skies with more planes, to backing fracking in the UK and funding oil and gas projects abroad.

“That’s why we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with young people to call on our politicians to deliver emergency climate action now. And we’re asking everyone to join us.”

Rallies and demonstrations are taking place across the country. Find a rally near you. If you can’t attend in person, you can also show your support online with the hashtags #ClimateStrike and #TakeClimateAction.

Find out more about taking climate action where you live.


For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649/07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  1. In the UK the Global Climate Strike is being led by UK Student Climate Network supported by a coalition of organisations including Friends of the Earth.