On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people from across the world will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. The day kicks off a week of action across California led by students and supported by environmental groups and unions.

Earlier this summer, the CFT Executive Council voted to endorse the student climate strike, and to support educators, classified, and students’ efforts to demand bold climate action at all levels of government and institutions.

While we cannot encourage our members or students to strike on Friday, we can encourage our members to support the students and their goals.

Take a look at the dozens of actions planned across California to see if there is an action in your area that you can join. Additional resources for the student strike and our climate justice work are below.

The CFT was the first statewide labor organization to adopt a Climate Justice Agenda in 2016 and we have a committee that is focused on this issue. You can find our newly updated series of five flyers for use in your locals and in your classrooms in our Climate Justice Toolkit.

Resources: Youth coalition organizing the strike throughout the United States. Site includes a map with links to local actions throughout California.

Labor Network for Sustainability: A labor-based environmental group that is supporting the student-led climate strike. Site includes a toolkit to support the students.

CFT Climate Justice Toolkit: Resources, flyers, and information for local unions and educators on CFT’s website, including CFT’s Climate Justice Agenda. Climate change lessons and resources from AFT’s Share My Lesson website.