I’ve been letting everyone know that I am unavailable next Friday the 20th, as my daughter and I are attending the climate strike in San Francisco. What surprises me is how many people say, “What strike?”
Young people around the world have been striking from school every Friday for the past year. This movement was started in August of 2018 by a teenager from Sweden named Greta Thunberg. More and more youth have been joining every week, and Greta asked that adults join the movement on September 20, as a huge global movement, three days before the UN climate summit in NY. San Francisco has a big march planned, as does Oakland. You can find a march/protest/strike near you at 350.org.
I haven’t talked about climate here on this website in a while because I’ve been trying hard to maintain positivity in the face of what I consider to be the greatest issue of our time. Positivity is important, but so is civic engagement and working for measurable change. I really appreciate these young people standing up and making themselves heard. If you agree with me, you too might be interested in taking the day to show your support for our youth.