Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Swedish student, started striking every Friday from school to protest the inaction of the adults to acknowledge and take charge of the #ClimateCrisis. She recently sailed across the Atlantic on a solar powered racing sail boat to attend to the Global Strike actions in this hemisphere. Unite Behind the Science.

World-Wide Climate Strike Events Scheduled for September 20

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Scheduled events on the 20th in the greater Allegheny-Blue Ridge region include:

  • Charlottesville – 12:00 pm, Free Speech Wall, Downtown Mall, 605 E Main Street
  • Harrisburg – 12:30 pm, Downtown Harrisonburg Court Square, 80 Court Square Courthouse
  • Staunton – 11:00 am, Staunton Innovation Hub, 32 N. Augusta
  • Lexington – 3:30 pm, Richardson Park at the corner of Diamond and Lewis Streets
  • Lynchburg – 1:50 pm, 520 Eldon Street
  • Roanoke – 4:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Road

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Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike 
September 20
Gudrun Campbell, Rally Organizer and Earth Uprising City Coordinator 
Facebook event page

On September 20, 12 year-old Gudrun Campbell, organizer of the local Youth Climate Strike movement, calls on Charlottesville to strike in solidarity with people across the globe. Charlottesville youth will strike to demand transformative action to address the global climate crisis and locally, to stop the harmful ACP and MVP pipelines, and the devastating compressor station slated to be built in the historic community of Union Hill in Buckingham County. They ask adults everywhere to join them.

Building on a historic surge of student protests and strikes for climate action, the September 20 strike comes ahead of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change three days later, when world leaders will convene in New York with the goal of deepening climate ambition. In over 150 countries, people are already pledging to organize events on September 20 and during the Week of Action that follows.

Charlottesville youth, along with partner organizations Virginia Student Environmental Coalition at UVA, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, the Green Grannies, several other members of the Cville100 climate coalition, and Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America, are leading a strike to demand stark climate action be taken by local, national, and global politicians.

The strike will take place from noon to 1pm at the Free Speech Wall downtown on Friday, September 20. Rally speakers include Swami Dayananda of the Yogaville Ashram in Buckingham County and a representative from the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition at UVA; additional speakers will be announced soon. After a short rally, Charlottesville youth will hold a die-in to draw attention to the devastating effect climate change is already having on vulnerable populations and the uncertain future of all youth. Following the die-in, Charlottesville youth will march on the Downtown Mall. Virginia Student Environmental Coalition at UVA will be rallying on grounds in the morning and marching from UVA to join the youth rally.

“As Union Hill faces the compressor station and pipeline, we stand with them in protecting our region from harmful and unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure, and highlight the burden upon future generations which will be symbolized by a die-in during the rally,” said strike organizer Gudrun Campbell. “Youth around the world have been striking for months and now we call on you, the adults, to join us.”

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