Over the past year, Fridays for Future, a global student movement started by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, has grown to include hundreds of thousands of students around the globe. The movement is inviting others to join with them in a series of actions during the week of September 20-27, 2019, culminating in a global climate strike on Friday, September 27.
Here in Tkaronto/Toronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat Peoples, we gather in a coalition for the September 27 Global Climate Strike . This action on September 27th will begin with a rally in Queen's Park followed by a march. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals just like yourself.**
We are in a climate crisis and sweeping changes will be necessary to prevent catastrophic consequences. This #climatestrike action recognizes the challenges humanity faces today and will support Climate Strike Canada's demands, augmented by further demands from the S27 Coalition.
Your generosity is needed to make this event a success! Your donations will be used to fund important logistical items including:
- accessibility needs (ASL interpretation, accessibility van)
- staging and A/V equipment
- honorariums for musicians and speakers
- water tent and food
- printing promotional materials, banners and more
- portable toilets
- event insurance
If we surpass our fundraising goal, surplus funds will be donated to the Indigenous Land Stewardship Collective's actions concerning the use of glyphosate in High Park as well as future actions organized by Fridays For Future and the S27 Coalition. This global strike is only the beginning!
To stay updated on the strike, please visit tinyurl.com/September27to.
* The September 20th youth strike is a different event that will be youth-focused.
** The S27 Coalition is a self-organizing group headed up by Climate Justice TO and includes individuals representing Parents for Future; Climate Fast; Indigenous Climate Action; Toronto Environment Alliance; Toronto350; XR Toronto; Rising Tide Toronto; People's Climate Movement; Greenpeace; David Suzuki Foundation; The LEAP; Toronto & York Region Labour Council and union members; TTC Riders; $15 and Fairness; Artists for Real Climate Action; and others.
NOTE: These funds will be donated to Council of Canadians Toronto and managed by Tara Seucharan and individuals representing Fridays For Future and the S27 Coalition.
THANK YOU & HOPE TO SEE YOU ON SEPTEMBER 27! LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE!
For those wondering about the people behind the campaign, today's VOLUNTEER PROFILE is Sarah Erik Sackville-McLauchlan. Sarah Erik is a member of the S27C Logistics Committee. They joined the S27 Coalition because, as a Disabled person in mid-life, they are deeply concerned about how the climate crisis will impact their future and that of their students and younger peers. And they also deeply believe in the importance of making climate action as broadly accessible as possible to those of all backgrounds, incomes and abilities. Because, otherwise, we once again replicate the old paradigm in which some lives are valued above others.
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