How to

Organise a Climate Strike

The basics

Step 1:   Check if there is a #ClimateStrike already planned.

All events will be listed on globalclimatestrike.net as they are organised. Shortly this site will feature #ClimateStrike events by all coalition partners. School strikes are being registered by Fridays For Future

If there’s already a Climate Strike registered in your location and you can help, click through to sign up and connect with the local organisers to get involved.  

Follow the lead of the school strikers in your country or local area. It’s important to ensure your action complements rather than competes with any youth-led action. 

If there’s nothing organised yet, young people want everyone to get involved so… 

Step 2: Register your Climate Strike

Register your own Climate Strike event by filling out this form – you can edit and add more details as they get confirmed.  It will appear on globalclimatestrike.net and people will be able to sign up to attend and to volunteer to help you organise it. Again, be sure to talk to any youth climate groups in your area and invite collaboration with them.

You’ll receive a confirmation email with your event sign-up link so you can start to promote your event far and wide!

Once you have registered your climate strike, use the Organising Guides and Action Ideas below to help you plan your event.

Organise your workplace ↓

Workplace action ideas ↓

Organise your community ↓

Community action ideas ↓

Organising a #FridaysforFuture school or university strike? →

 

ORGANISE YOUR WORKPLACE 

Step 1: Getting started

Host a lunchtime discussion or use a newsletter, noticeboard or email list at work to share information about the Global #ClimateStrike. 

Try to kick off a conversation about the connections between the climate crisis and your sector.  Propose some ways that you and fellow employees could join the strike and decide together what you want to do. 

Don’t underestimate the power you have to inspire your friends and colleagues if you’re passionate about this moment. And you could invite a local school striker to speak to your colleagues and plan with you – contact them via #FridaysForFuture

Step 2: Put a proposal or resolution to your employer

Once you’ve got an initial plan and interest, make a proposal to your employer, outlining how and why your workplace should join the #ClimateStrike. Negotiate an arrangement that will work for everyone and remember that a goal of globalclimatestrike.net is to disrupt business as usual, everywhere, and force politicians to act like there’s a climate crisis. 

Step 3: Publicise your employers’ support 

Once your employer has agreed to support staff participating, ask them to communicate this widely to everyone, through staff newsletters, emails, on their website and social media channels etc. 

Put up posters/distribute flyers everywhere. Invite colleagues to do the same through their networks.

Post selfies or group photos on social media using the hashtag #climatestrike to let school strikers know your workplace is joining in and to inspire other employers to do the same.  

 

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Unions meeting about how they can support the September 20 Climate Strike #schoolstrike4climate #climatestrike

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Climate Strike ideas for employees 

Workers’ rights and labour laws vary hugely around the world, and not everyone can strike or be part of a union. On our grossly unequal planet, some people can’t do without a single day’s work, and some of us work for bosses who would fire us if we dared to try.

And some jobs simply can’t stop: emergency room doctors should keep on saving lives. But many of us can put off for 24 hours our usual work, confident it will be there when we return.

Here are a range of ways you could join the Climate Strikes if you’re supposed to be working on September 20 or 27 : 

Organise a workplace walkout 

If you and enough of your colleagues are up for it, you could organise a walkout from your workplace at a specific time and assemble outside or go and join up with a bigger Climate Strike event in your area. Take and share pictures and think creatively about how you can represent your profession visually. 

 

Organise a training day

Could you work with your employer to schedule a training day about the climate crisis and how it impacts your industry to coincide with the September climate strikes? Attending a local #ClimateStrike event could be an important part of the training for all participants!

 

Organise an action at your workplace

This could involve you and all of your colleagues holding a short event at work in solidarity with climate strikers – and posting selfies on social media with signs explaining what you are doing and why to build awareness. 

You could encourage everyone to wear a badge or armband to show their solidarity. Or you could ‘sound the alarm’ by making lots of noise together or holding a silent vigil. Get creative in thinking how your job connects to the climate crisis and connect with other #ClimateStrike organisers in similar professions around the world by using the hashtag.

 

Take formal leave

You could request official leave in advance from your workplace and encourage everyone you can to do the same. Let your employer know why you are taking leave to ensure that your action builds awareness within your workplace about the gravity of the climate crisis and the sacrifice that you & others are taking to address it.

 

Take a longer lunch break

Why not use your lunch break to go along with co-workers to join the #ClimateStrike if you can’t take the day off. Lots of #ClimateStrike events on September 20 and 27 will take place around lunchtime. If possible, you could consider starting your day early or ending late to make up for it.

 

Get your workplace to pass a resolution 

Some employers have already announced they’re giving their staff the day off to join a #ClimateStrike without penalty. You and fellow staff could put a proposal to your workplace to do the same and get your workplace to publicise the fact to build awareness of their leadership. Here’s an example motion from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. 

ORGANISE YOUR COMMUNITY

 

Be good ally to young school strikers

Before you start organising a #ClimateStrike, make sure you locate and connect with any youth strike and other climate groups that have sprung up in your community to plan together towards September. Take your lead from the young people who called this mobilisation. 

You can connect with young climate strikers through the #FridaysForFuture platform, by talking with young people you know or searching on social media.

If you’re already a climate organiser, invite school strikers to speak at your upcoming events or meetings. How about inviting them to write an email to your group’s list themselves? 

If you’re new to this, start by asking young climate strikers what they need help with. Talk with young people you know and other grown-ups about what could be done to build up the momentum between now and September. 

What are the practical things that are needed? Can you offer meeting space? Can you help them get a license for the event? Art materials? Free publicity?  

Step 1: Set up an organising team 

You can’t do this alone. Bring together a core team of people with the necessary connections, skills and passion you’ll need to make this a big, empowering moment for everyone in your community. 

Having a clear structure and roles for your organising team will help you get work done effectively and avoid any potential conflicts later on.  

As well as involving youth strikers, it’s a good idea to invite other partners into your organising group. For this to be as powerful a day as possible, it will be essential for many diverse groups to work together. 

Who are the groups in your community that you can work with on this? Local places of worship, a local sports team, labour/trade union groups, university, or arts cooperative, local businesses?  

How will you work together and communicate? How often will you meet?  

Start a WhatsApp group or email list, plan regular get-togethers and think about who can take the lead on what. 

Resources: 

Climate Resistance Handbook

Organising Group Structure

Delegation 

Step 2: Invite your community to join 

Once you’ve made a plan for your event and set a time and location – it’s time to register your Climate Strike and start recruiting people to it.  

Think big. Set a target for how many people you can recruit. Prioritise three groups you could get on board that will help you reach lots of more people at once – local faith leaders, local councillors, local media, local businesses?

Make sure you ask all new sign-ups to help with your recruitment effort and empower your volunteers with everything they need to help out.

Examples of recruitment tactics include:

  • email your supporters, regularly! 
  • put up flyers, posters and stickers around town
  • organise a recruitment event (eg. film screening or talk) 
  • knock on doors
  • get the word out through local radio stations and newspapers
  • share your event link on social media 
  • write editorials for local newspapers 
  • get your event in community calendars, newsletters & bulletins

Here are lots of other ways to spread the word.

Step 3: Organise, organise, organise 

Create a to-do list of everything you’ll need to make your Climate Strike event a success. Share it widely with everyone involved, invite volunteers and delegate tasks to volunteers and working groups.  

Tasks to think about include: 

  • Group coordination – meetings, volunteer support
  • Partnership and coalition-building – outreach and liaison
  • Materials – flyers, posters, banners, sign-up sheets
  • Event planning – logistics, permits, programming
  • Communications – emailing sign-ups, social media
  • Media – press releases, interviews, spokespeople
  • Multimedia – photos, video
  • Follow-up – events, emails

All that’s left to do is turn out people on your #ClimateStrike date.  

Don’t forget to distribute sign-up sheets and flyers on the day for any follow-up events you or your partners are organising.

The #ClimateStrike will generate lots of new energy, momentum and attention for climate action in your community. It’s a great moment to absorb new organisers and volunteers into ongoing local campaigns and groups so that you can keep up the pressure beyond September. 

Climate Strike ideas for communities

 

Marches

If your community has a large and active climate movement, consider organising a big march through the centre of town or to a government building. With enough people, marches are a powerful way to get your message into the street (and into the media). They’re loud, they’re often disruptive, and they jolt people out of their ordinary day to make them think about your key message and demands. 

Make sure to go big on banners, signs, and visually-compelling elements that get your message across clearly. 

Rallies

Like marches, rallies help push your message into the public sphere in a big way. They’re loud, they take up physical space, and they disrupt business as usual — especially if you’re in a busy place. You don’t need quite as big a group as for a march but you can still make a loud impact. 

Rallies are a great way to fire up the crowd — everybody loves to cheer! — educate the public about the nuances of your issue, and give young climate strikers and other partner groups a platform to get their message across. Rallies & marches = better together!

 

Solidarity Action Photos

If your town or group is on the smaller side consider organising a solidarity photo action that can demonstrate your community’s support for the #ClimateStrike. 

Organise your action in a place that’s recognisably your city, town, workplace or community (e.g. the town hall, a famous bridge, or a famous view of your city skyline). 

This type of action can be pretty easy and quick to organise, and could involve a banner drop, a simple gathering of people, or any kind of peaceful action that leverages the location you have chosen to show solidarity with the millions of people in the streets that day. Send your message through banners, signs, props, or other creative visual elements!