As more than a million youth poured into the streets worldwide on Friday for the weekly #SchoolStrike4Climate demonstrations, well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests in September.
“On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face,” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, author Naomi Klein, actor Mark Ruffalo, and more than 50 other activists declared in an op-ed published Friday by The Guardian.
“This is going to be the beginning of a week of action all over the world. And we hope to make it a turning point in history,” they explained. “We hope others will join us… break their daily routines and join together in sending the one message our leaders must hear: day by day, a business as usual approach is destroying the chance for a healthy, safe future on our planet.”
The activists’ pledge came in response to an op-ed published by The Guardian on Thursday in which school strikers—led by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, whose solitary protests last year sparked the global #FridaysForFuture movement—asked adults “to step up alongside us.”