Youth Strike for Climate: Friday 20th September

On the 20th September the UK Student Climate Network is calling on everyone – adults, workers, community groups, trade unionists, nurses, teachers, steel workers, car manufacturers, waiters and others to join us in a global coming together. We will be joining people all around the world in what is set to be a massive day of action – a Global strike day for the Climate. We have a chance to deliver a clear message for climate justice just 3 days before the UN emergency climate summit on the 23rd of September.

Sheffield TUC, along with Sheffield Climate Alliance, Campaign Against Climate Change and XR Sheffield, have got together to give support to the school students striking for the climate on the 20th September – and we think Trade Union branches and their members should do the same! Trade Unions have a direct interest in climate action. As Sharon Burrow (then Gen Sec of the TUC)
said “There are no Jobs on a Dead Planet!”. There is a climate emergency, which is one of the most pressing issues facing us all. If we don’t reduce carbon emissions and get global temperature rises to below +1.5C

The event in Sheffield will start at 11am at Devonshire Green, with young people participating in banner making and face painting and everyone wanting to show solidarity in the successive march gathering there. Then the march will start at 12pm leading a route around the city centre and entering Barkers Pool around 1pm. There will also be a Burngreave feeder march lead by Burngreave Clean Air Campaign, leaving Abbeyfield Park at 11.00 and Ellesmere Green at 11.30am and one from the University of Sheffield.

On the steps of the City Hall, many voices of students and pupils of schools and colleges will be heard at the rally starting just after 1pm. These will be complimented by speakers from Sheffield TUC, Sheffield Climate Alliance, Stand Up to Racism, Sheffield Against Fracking, Extinction Rebellion Sheffield and Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. There will also be stalls from Socialist Workers Party, The Green Party, Hope for the Future, Sheffield Friends of The Earth and more to be confirmed. With musical accompaniment planned and a chance to donate, this is an excellent chance for people of all ages and political affiliations to show their solidarity as young people make their presence heard like never before. Come in your lunch break, in your own time or if you can’t make it, see other ways you can help:

  • Send a message of support via Sheffield Trades Union Council at tucsheffield@gmail.com. You can also contact them if you want to donate to the fund to ensure continuing further action after 20th September. 
  • Take a photo of you and your colleagues (ideally in front of any union banner or poster) and share it on social media, #ClimateStrike and #YouthStrike4Climate.
  • Hold a stall, meeting or rally somewhere at your workplace and start a conversation
  •  Write to ‘The Star’ and ‘Sheffield Telegraph’ newspapers and let them know why you support the action
  • Keep discussing the issue with others, in person and on social media!

There will also be an after-party being held at DINA and you can find the Eventbrite page for tickets hereentry to the after-party is only available with a ticket.

You may also find the following links from UKSEN here and Global Climate Strike here helpful, along with the recent motion to support the action passed at the TUC here.