Global Climate Strike Week: By Anthony Heimer & Afroditi Kontos

“We who live in places where you are allowed to strike and protest have a moral obligation to do it. If not for yourself, then for those who cannot,” said Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist who’s been named as one of the world’s most influential teens by TIME magazine. In August 2018, Thunberg skipped school to protest against the inaction on the climate crisis by sitting outside Swedish Parliament, a movement that has since spread all over the world. By March 2019, the number of people taking part in school strikes hit 2.3 million people, across 135 countries. The movement is now called Fridays for Future.

This Friday, Sept. 20, millions of people all around the world are taking to the streets to demand action for climate change in the third global strike, only days before the United Nations holds its Climate Action Summit. Besides environmental activists, student leaders and scientists there will be a much stronger presence from unions, workers and companies that have signed up to strike in solidarity with the young activists.

The Youth Climate Strike will take place on Sept. 20 at 12 p.m., at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. In addition to other climate-related activities throughout the week, there will be a Global Strike on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles. More information is available at:

A. Heimer can be reached at [email protected]. Afroditi Kontos can be reached at [email protected].