An invitation to make history

Join the world's first all ages climate strike this September r1

Dear friends,

This was the hottest summer ever recorded. June was the hottest June, and July was the hottest month ever. Countries from Cuba to France to Togo and Vietnam experienced their hottest days to date.

The news can be almost as sapping as the heat. But, it’s more important than ever to remain hopeful, especially with less than 2 months until your critical federal election in Canada. That’s why today, I’m inviting you to join the world’s first all ages climate strike this September. Check out our map to find an event near you.

Over the last year, I have been immeasurably grateful for the leadership coming from some of the youngest activists on the planet, who’ve mobilized in historic numbers over the last year to walk out of their schools and strike for the climate.

Now, after a year, they’ve done something new — they’ve asked adults to join them.

The September strike will demonstrate two invaluable principles. Firstly, that solving the climate crisis will involve disrupting business as usual. We should consider joining this walkout as a statement that we’re committed to disruptive, transformative change.

Second, that we elders need to... act like elders. On what kind of world do we expect 15-year-olds to tackle our biggest problems by themselves? The climate crisis represents an assault on justice (those who have done the least to cause it suffer the most) and it is our collective responsibility, across generations, to respond.

With just over one month to go, this is already shaping up to be the largest and boldest climate mobilization on the planet. Imagine the message to politicians everywhere when millions of people in every corner of the planet walk out of their jobs and classes to demand climate action. Find an action near you on September 20th or 27th.

Will a single strike solve the climate crisis? Of course not. I have it on good authority that my friends in Canada have some big plans to mobilize through the federal election to win a Green New Deal.

I have a hunch that an important step in the fight to win a Green New Deal is making sure the climate crisis is at the top of the national conversation. We can make that happen with the global climate strikes this September. Make sure you join in on September 20th or 27th.


Bill McKibben

PS - Next Thursday, I’m hosting a webinar with my friends in the 350 Canada team on August 29th to talk about the global climate strikes, a leaders’ climate debate, and the plan to win a made-in-Canada Green New Deal. RSVP to join us. is building a global climate movement. You can connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and r38

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