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Climate Strike KL 2019
About the Event
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take to the streets globally to demand justice for our present and a right to a future.
What’s this all about?
Young people have been going on strike from school on Fridays since Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg began her “School Strike for Climate” in August 2018. School children across the world then followed her lead, with monthly protests beginning in February 2019.
They argue that they’d rather be at school – but that there’s no point studying for a future under threat from climate change. They’ve done their homework, and the science is clear: this a climate emergency.
The idea of the Global Climate Strike is for as many people as possible to take the day off work on Friday 20 September to protest for climate action in solidarity with the school strikers. Young people will be out in force, and everyone else should be too.
In Kuala Lumpur, we will rally to demand real action by our elected officials and world leaders. We will gather at The Square, Publika Shopping Gallery in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in arms globally to mobilize and sustain civic action against climate change. The event will conclude with speakers, performers and Malaysian-based youth leaders .
Why should I care?
Young people are really leading the charge on this one, and with good reason. The planet is set to warm by between 3C and 4C by 2100, with massive ramifications for everyone’s quality of life. As the next generation, their futures hang in the balance.
Whether you have children yourself, plan to, or neither, you probably agree that it would be ideal if the planet doesn’t go up in a ball of flames. Everyone should care.
As the video below confirms, it’s important to lobby our government into making big, bold changes at the highest levels of our society. Individual tweaks to lifestyles aren’t going to cut it anymore. Mass action, which will make our leaders act, is required right now.
And with an election looming in the UK particularly, adults have a unique opportunity on Friday 20 September: to tell the UK government that we all want radical action to save our planet.
Sold! What do I do next?
Here are five easy steps to becoming a climate striker:
1 – Sign up to the Climate Strike in Kuala Lumpur on this page.
2 – Tell your workmates, managers and employers about the strike, to build support in your company or organisation. You might be surprised how many people are keen to help publicise it, and strike with you.
3 – Tell your employer that you plan to be at the strike. Depending on your workplace, you have a few options. Firstly, tell them you will be taking the Friday 20 September off, and ask them to support your decision and the strike more generally. (Strikes are unpaid work days, so they’ll even save some money!)
4 – If your employer really isn’t on board, remind them that there is no [insert your product/service or business/organisation type here] as usual in a climate emergency, and request some paid leave. If you can’t spare the time off, even going to the strike for half an hour on your lunchbreak is still brilliant.
5 – Whatever you can or can’t do in person on Friday 20 September, you can still show up for the climate strikers by publicising the strike online.
Every act will bring this movement closer to getting the Malaysian government to really do something about the climate emergency.
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