Global Climate Strike — Burnside To State House

(9.20) In anticipation of the upcoming emergency U.N. Climate Summit in New York, strikes have been called for Friday in every state in the country. This strike will draw attention to the climate emergency we are facing and show that citizens of all ages demand action. But certainly it is the youth of America who are leading the charge on this. In related news: New York City has announced that its 1.1 million public school students will not be penalized for missing school to take part. (Facebook event.)

This past week, young people sat in at Governor Raimondo’s office to demand that she champion a Green New Deal for our state. Instead of facing her constituents, Governor Raimondo snuck out a side door of the State House and had her staff tell us that she was out-of-state. So, on Friday the 20th, we will show up even stronger to tell her that this is unacceptable and that we deserve a future!

This event is hosted by RI Climate Strike who advise that the distance of the route between the different locations will be 1.5 miles long and will be relatively flat and wheelchair accessible. You can “check back on @SunriseProvidence for live updates on our location.” By noon just head over to the state house.

10am to 10:30am — Gather at Burnside Park and head out.

12:45pm — RI State House, Smith Street. Please RSVP here.

Last March the U.N. declared that ambition and urgency would be needed to confront this global emergency. Experts estimate that we have 11 years left to prevent irreversible damage to the climate.

“We are the last generation that can prevent irreparable damage to our planet,” General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) warned the gathering in her opening remarks, stressing that 11 years are all that remain to avert catastrophe.

10am to 3pm, Friday, September 20, Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza (directions)

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