September 20, 2019 Pasadena Climate Strike

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

In the US, youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future. The youth have been leading the way and demanding bolder action, and now it’s time for everyone else to back them up. 

To accomplish this, a youth climate strike coalition has come together to collaborate on the campaign. The youth strike coalition, coordinated by Future Coalition, includes national youth-led groups such as Zero Hour, Earth Uprising, Fridays For Future USA, Sunrise, US Youth Climate Strike, and Extinction Rebellion Youth. 

The climate crisis is the largest threat of our time, and we’re counting on our collective power to demand immediate and decisive action. This is our opportunity to move beyond the traditional climate bubble and expand the table of who is involved in this movement. It is time to lift up the voices and stories of young people on the frontlines of this crisis and ensure we are creating an intergenerational and intersectional climate justice movement.

September 20 will be one of the largest climate mobilizations in US history. We, as a global society, are at a crossroads. We have a decision to make. Are we going to choose money or power, or are we going to choose the future? This strike is an invitation to choose us. Choose the kids, choose humanity, choose the future.

Start and end times

Even though many strikes are starting later, ours is starting at 8:30 AM. But don’t worry if you can’t be there at 8:30 AM—strikers will be at Pasadena City Hall into the afternoon. Join us when you can!

If you’d like to march with students from Sequoyah School through Old Town, you can meet them at Pasadena Ave. and Colorado Blvd. at around 11:15. While marching, please remember to abide by pedestrian crossing signs to maintain the safety of all participants. Sequoyah students will get to City Hall around 11:30 and stay for about an hour. 

Die-ins

We are planning two die-ins tomorrow. 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 first die-in will occur a little while after we begin at 8:30, while the second 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-ins, please lie down. For the second die-in, we’d like to cover our bodies with white sheets/blankets with signs on top. We’ll provide the signs with messages like:

  • “Hope dies with me”
  • “Was it that hard to vote in a Green New Deal?”
  • “Environmental imperialism stopped me in my tracks”
  • “Death by environmental imperialism”

Location

We’ve been in contact with the Pasadena Police Department and they’ve requested that we be mindful of where we strike to not block people from getting to where they need to go. So, to respect their requests, we’ll be starting the strike at the City Hall steps at 8:30 AM. As more people show up, we may have to move across the street from City Hall. The grassy areas in the red boxes in the below satellite image are where they’ve requested we move to.

In addition to striking in the marked areas above should we be too crowded at the steps, please be mindful of the sidewalks and make sure that pedestrians have space to walk safely.

The PPD has also requested that we ensure a clear pathway is maintained on the steps to City Hall and that we do not strike in the rotunda so that noise doesn’t travel to offices.

What to bring

You should, of course, bring signs to strike with! Need inspiration? Mashable and The Guardian have some good ones.

If you have white sheets or blankets you can use for the die-in at 12, please bring that as well.

Luckily, temperatures won’t be too hot for us on Friday, but you should still be prepared to be in the sun. Bring sun protection, snacks, and water!

Also, please wear red and black, the official color of the strikes.

Strike song

The Peace Poets have partnered with youth climate strikers and 350.org to create this song for millions of people to sing as they walk out of their schools, homes and workplaces to join the Global Climate Strike this September 20th. Watch this video to learn the song and sing it as you strike with us!  

Sharing the strike

It’s not too late for you to get your friends and family to join the strike! Have them RSVP at our Action Network page to make sure we get an accurate count.

We also have two Instagram (@PasadenaClimateStrike and @SchoolStrikeforClimate_LA) 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

The demands for climate strikes around the world are as follows:

  • We want our politicians to take action 
  • No new oil, coal, or gas projects
  • 100% renewable energy by 2030

See a statement from the Global Strike’s website for clarification on the purpose of the strikes:

“The climate crisis is an emergency – we want everyone to start acting like it. We demand climate justice for everyone. Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people. If we don’t act now to transition fairly and swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all, the injustice of the climate crisis will only get worse.

“We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart.”

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