“And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.”
—1 Timothy 4:12 (The Message)
“To live with respect in Creation” is one of the calls of the United Church’s A New Creed. Youth, young adults, and people of all ages and generations must now draw boldly on their faith to strengthen our shared future.
We are in a climate emergency. During the week of September 20–27, 2019, young climate activists will be holding events across the globe to demand local governments and leaders take real and immediate action to solve this crisis.
On Friday, September 20, 2019, youth climate strikes will occur in Canada. Youth can find like-minded people and groups to connect with on Fridays for Future Canada’s event map. If you can’t find a local group to join, you can start your own! Plan to register your event with Fridays for Future.
More information and resources youth can use to plan a climate strike are available from Fridays for Future and Global Climate Strike. More tips for youth climate strikers are available under Downloads, below.
On Friday, September 27, 2019, youth strikers have asked that parents, adults, members of faith communities, and the general public join them in a global strike for climate action.
Fridays for Future is a youth-led movement. In the spirit of allyship, United Church people and faith communities are invited to support and follow the lead of striking young people who are seeking the support of all generations to confront the climate crisis. Tips for adult allies are available under Downloads, below.
Some other helpful online resources for adult allies include this promotional toolkit, ways you can support school climate strikes, this climate resistance handbook, and information from Climate Strike Canada.
Please pray for those involved in the Fridays for Future movement and share this Take Action on social media. Use the hashtags #UCCan, #ClimateStrike, #EarthStrike, and #FridaysForFuture.
United Church youth are taking the lead and calling for government action to solve the climate crisis. Visit this blog post about striking for the climate by activist and M.Div. student Aidan Legault for one example.
The climate strikes are inspired by Greta Thunburg, a 15-year-old Swedish student who sat in front of her local parliament building in protest over the lack of action being taken by the Swedish government to resolve the climate crisis. Her actions have spurred a global movement, inspiring students in over 100 countries to take the same action.
On May 24, 2019, students walked out of schools around the world to demand that their governments take action. This includes implementing laws that would drastically decrease greenhouse gas emissions and make significant investments in renewable energy.
For more information, visit the United Church’s page on climate change.
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