Climate strike 20 September - adults to join youth strikers across the world

Young people in the UK who have been striking for the climate are calling on adults to join them on Friday 20 September as part of a massive global day of action.

“This is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job... Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.” Greta Thunberg and 46 youth activists from the international school strike movement

What can I do?

Spread the word! This can be online - for example, share the Facebook event - but face to face conversations are best. Lots of energy and mobilising will take place in existing campaigns, communitiy groups etc. But this is a day where there will also be actions organised from workplaces, whether that's a strike, a short walkout to join young people a stoppage or some other solidarity action.

You can talk to people in your workplace about why this is so important. Think about holding a meeting to discuss what action you can take. If you can, invite a school striker or climate activist. Be creative and imaginative. Tell your employer about the strength of feeling in support of backing the young people. 

Find out about what's happening in your area. Most local school strike groups will be setting up their Facebook events in the coming week. There will also be planning events organised throughout the summer (see below, this page will be updated with details of new events as we find out about them). Thinking of organising one yourself? Remember to contact not just climate campaigners, but trade unions, activist groups concerned with other social justice issues, and of course, school strikers in your area. There will be lots of ways people can get involved. 

If you are a trade union member, there are more details on our trade union group website about organising through trade unions.

Check in for updates: There will be weekly online meeting, currently 6-7pm each Thursday (join by video link or dial in from a phone) which brings together people and organisations interested in making 20th September happen. In the calls we discuss the ways in which we're organising our communities and groups, how we can collaborate, event logistics, sourcing resources, supporting one another and so on. Zoom link:

What's happening around the world?

The 20th September is a global school strike day of action, ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York. There will be a week of action on climate, with further strikes taking place on 27th September and decentralised actions during the week focusing on key targets such as fossil fuel finance.

Call on the TUC to act

In September UCU are bringing a motion to the TUC Congress for the TUC to call a 30 minute workplace stoppage on the day of the strikes - the first time in over 30 years that the TUC has issued such a call on any issue. To get this motion passed UCU will need to demonstrate how widespread the support for it is - please sign up and share, whether you are a trade union member or not. 


Flyers - email to request

Planning meetings

11 July - Nottingham

15 July - Leeds

15 July - Medway

15 July - Islington

16 July - Scarborough

16 July - Bristol

18 July - York

18 July - Camden

18 July - Waltham Forest

23 July - Tower Hamlets

24 July - Sheffield

25 July - Oxford

25 July - Portsmouth

25 July - The Right to Strike: Free our Unions (London)

31 July - Southwark

1 August - Bristol

Cambridge, date tbc

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 08:00 to 20:00