Climate change affects every one of us, which is why millions of people around the world are planning to attend the Global Climate Strike on Friday 20th September.
That includes in the UK, where adults and children are joining forces to raise awareness of the climate crisis on Friday in what’s been hailed as Britain’s “first General Strike since 1926”.
Want to know more about the protest? And how you can get involved, even if you can’t take the day off work?
Here, everything you need to know about the Global Climate Strike.
What is the Global Climate Strike?
The Global Climate Strike is a protest inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg who, at the beginning of her campaign, regularly skipped school on Fridays to protest about environmental issues outside Sweden’s parliament building. She now travels the world encouraging others to do the same.
Months later and many children, teens and young adults have been motivated to join Greta’s weekly school strikes in their own counties. It has become the #FridaysForFuture movement with thousands around the world calling for action on the climate crisis.
The Global Climate Strike is the latest protest but this time it is calling not just on school children, but on all ages, to leave their normal Friday afternoon engagements and take to the streets.
Environmental organisations such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are behind the strike.
“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,” Greenpeace say. “Young people will be out in force, and everyone else should be too.”