MASSIVE SCHOOL STRIKES across Britain and many other countries are scheduled for Friday 20th September, launching a week of world-wide direct action in response to the looming threat of climate catastrophe. This summer's record heatwave, and terrifying news of the Arctic and Amazon regions on fire, have added to the growing sense of urgency.
The Climate Strike movement takes the school students’ initiative a step further, as activists seek to organise solidarity action by teachers and other workers wherever possible.
Across Britain, trades councils, union branches and local Labour Parties have pledged significant support – if not always with full-scale industrial action, at least by planning to sound alarms in municipal buildings and other workplaces, organise lunch-time rallies and collectively accompany young schoolchildren to assembly points including city centres.
Teachers planning industrial action in my own part of London are hoping to circumvent anti-union legislation and the requirement to hold a postal ballot by organising an ‘endangered insect study day’ on 20th September.
A swelling number of imaginative suggestions of this kind have been pouring in to climate strike organisers, so don’t plan for business as usual on Friday the 20th. Instead, expect lively marches between schools and college campuses, occupations of roundabouts, slowmoving columns of cyclists, road-blocks and surprise walk-outs and banner drops.
If you can think of any other way of supporting your children or grandchildren and bringing your nearest city centre to a halt, feel free! Go to https:// globalclimatestrike.net/ to find out more.
Dulwich and West Norwood CLP