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You Don't Have to Be Young to Join In!

“The house is on fire.”

That’s what 16-year-old Greta Thunberg told world leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum on January 25. It's also why she went on strike—to let the adults of the world know that young people are tired of waiting for action on climate change.

Want to show solidarity with Greta and other youth climate activists around the world? 

Join the March 15 international #YouthClimateStrike being promoted in the U.S. by our allies at the Sunrise Movement. Find tips on how to participate here.

In August 2015, Greta launched a one-person climate strike. At first, she was alone. Then other young students joined in. Greta now stays out of school every Friday to protest what she sees as the failure of adults to address the climate crisis.

Are you, your family, kids, friends and neighbors inspired by Greta? Then why not ditch school or work on March 15, to join striking youth—from elementary school kids to university students—in 50 countries, including Brazil, Chile, Iran, India and Japan? (Read the student strikers letter to world leaders).

Some nuts and bolts questions and answers

What happens if your children want to skip school on March 15 to join the strike?

Sunrise Movement leaders say that in most schools, striking students will be marked “absent” with no other repercussions. But just to be safe, if you’re a parent you may want to check with your local school's teachers and administrators to confirm your school’s policy.

Of course, your child could just call in sick for the day.

To connect with the ClimateStrike events in your area consult this map.

Adults are welcome to participate by:

• Supporting children who want to join the #YouthClimateStrike 

• Attending your local Sunrise rally or events with family and friends

• Telling your friends and neighbors about the Sunrise Movement, GND and upcoming #YouthClimateStrike

• Wearing green (or a green armband) on March 15th.

Sunrise: leading the way to a healthy and viable future for all

Here in the U.S., the Sunrise Movement’s outcry on the climate emergency has gained more national attention than any other social movement in recent U.S. history.

In just the last six months, U.S. Sunrise Movement activists, ranging in age from seven to 25, have staged protests on the Hill, inspired the creation of the GND and defended it. They’ve also confronted equivocating elected officials and requested their support for future GND legislation.

As a Sunrise partner, the OCA supports Sunrise and the GND as a vehicle for transitioning from a degenerative, extractive industrial food and farming system to a system based on regenerative agriculture practices that draw down and sequester carbon, produce nutrient-rich pesticide-free food, provide a fair living for farmers and ranchers and that leave the soil healthier, and our air and water cleaner.

As Greta recently said:

“United we will rise on 15 March and many times after until we see climate justice. We demand the world’s decision makers take responsibility and solve this crisis. You have failed us in the past. [But] the youth of this world has started to move and we will not rest again.”

Let’s show some solidarity with Greta, and all of the world’s youth on March 15!

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