Students will join activists at Pasadena City Hall in demanding Pasadena City Council members pledge to support a Green New Deal and not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry
Pasadena, CA — On Friday, December 6, as world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference in Madrid, Pasadena students will participate in a climate strike from 10 AM to 2 PM at Pasadena City Hall. Led by a student committee from Sequoyah School, protesters will be demanding Pasadena City Council members support a local Green New Deal and pledge to not accept campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies or executives. Strikers are also demanding respect of indigenous land, environmental justice, protection of biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and more.
“After a successful climate strike on September 20 at Pasadena City Hall, it’s time for us to show Pasadena politicians that we’re serious when we ask them to treat the climate crisis as an emergency and to stand with students to fight for a Green New Deal,” said Ozzy Simpson, Co-President of Sequoyah’s student council and one of the students leading the Pasadena Climate Strike. “We will not stop striking until governments take swift action to combat the climate crisis we face.”
During the strike, leaders will be collecting signatures for a petition that they will deliver to City Council members at the December 9th City Council meeting asking them to officially pledge to champion a Green New Deal and not take contributions of over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs and instead prioritize the health of families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.
“We are in the midst of the sixth great extinction,” said Milo Knell, a member of the Sequoyah student committee planning the strike. “200 species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals go extinct every day. This is 1,000 times greater than the resting rate of nature. And if we don’t act soon, we may soon become just one more tragic species on this list.”
The December strike builds on the momentum of September 20th’s historic Climate Strike, the largest youth-led climate mobilization in United States history. With over 500 people in Pasadena striking, 650,000 people in the United States striking across over 1,300 events, and 7 million worldwide, September 20th was a call for elected officials and world leaders to rise up and address the climate emergency with swift and effective policies.
In September, the Youth Climate Strike Coalition released five policy demands: respect for indigenous land, environmental justice, protecting biodiversity, the implementation of sustainable agriculture, and a Green New Deal.
The Youth Climate Strike Coalition, coordinated by Future Coalition, includes organizations such as Earth Guardians, Earth Uprising, Fridays for Future USA, Extinction Rebellion-Youth, International Indigenous Youth Council, Sunrise Movement, US Youth Climate Strike, and Zero Hour.
The Climate Strike is a multigenerational and intersectional movement, with youth-led organizations leading national organizing efforts with support from an adult coalition, including organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Greenfaith, Hip Hop Caucus, NRDC, SEIU, and March On.
Find out more information about the national strikes at www.strikewithus.org
Find out more information about the Pasadena strike at www.pasadenaclimatestrike.com
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