December 6, 2019 Pasadena Climate Strike

With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. In the September Climate Strikes alone, 7.6 million people around the world and 500+ in Pasadena took to the streets with us.

But our movement isn’t going anywhere. Now, we are preparing for the next wave of Climate Strikes.

Schedule

Our strike is starting at 10 AM. But don’t worry if you can’t be there at 10 AM—strikers will be at Pasadena City Hall until at least 2 PM. Join us when you can!

10:00 AMStrike start at Pasadena City Hall’s west steps (100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101)
10:30 AMMarch to Paseo
12:00 PM – 12:11 PMDie-in at City Hall
1:00 PMMayor and city council candidates to sign the Green New Deal and No Fossil Fuel Money pledge
2:00 PMStrike end

Strike

While striking at Pasadena City Hall, please be mindful of people walking by. Do not block the entire crosswalk—we may ask you to move if you do.

March

We will march to and through the Paseo on Colorado Blvd. at 10:30 AM. If you are unable to march for whatever reason, you are welcome to continue striking at Pasadena City Hall and wait for us to return.

While marching, please remember to abide by pedestrian crossing signs to maintain the safety of all participants.

Die-in

We are planning one die-in. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term, a die-in is a form of protest where protesters lie down and act dead as a symbol of the consequences of not taking climate change seriously.

The die-in will start at 12 and last until 12:11. (It will last for 11 minutes to signify the 11 years scientists say we have to act on climate change before it becomes irreversible and even more damaging.)

During the die-in, please lie down and cover your body with white sheets/blankets with signs on top. You may put your own sign on top of you, or (on your phone or printed on a piece of paper) show one of these signs.

What to bring

Sharing the strike

It’s not too late for you to get your friends and family to join the strike! Have them RSVP here to make sure we get an accurate count. Also ask them to sign our petition asking Pasadena City Council members to pledge their support for the Green New Deal and promise to not accept fossil fuel money.

We also have Instagram and Facebook pages for the strike. Give us a follow and share our posts!

Want to share your own photos and videos from the strike? Use the hashtags #ClimateStrike, #StrikeWithUs, and #PasadenaClimateStrike, and tag our Instagram or Facebook.

We’ve also created some Pasadena-specific assets here.

More social media information about the strikes, in general, can be found in the Social Media Kit.

Strike demands

With this strike, we are demanding (in addition to the national demands below):

  • Pasadena City Council members: Use their office to champion a Green New Deal in any and all ways, including but not limited to: developing and supporting Green New Deal legislation and/or resolutions; building support amongst colleagues for a Green New Deal; and publicly advocating for the necessity of a Green New Deal.
  • Pasadena City Council members: Pledge to not accept contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs.
  • Increase access to reliable mass transit and a network of protected streets that are safe for walking, scooting, and biking, since emissions from driving are a primary source of climate change.
  • Focus these actions in communities where walking, biking, and taking mass transit is highly utilized, such as Northwest and North Central Pasadena, and that have historically shouldered the burdens of freeway pollution and traffic violence.

National Demands

A Green New Deal

  • Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs
  • A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately

Respect for Indigenous Land and Sovereignty

  • Honor the treaties protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing, and permitting for resource extraction, processing, and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands
  • Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people

Environmental Justice

  • A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
  • Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity

Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity

  • Protection and restoration of 50% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030

Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture

  • Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture