Kent – Global Climate Strike

when

20 September 2019
09:30 - 16:00 (UTC +01:00)

where

Kent County Council

type

Action

hosted by

New Ash Green Youth Strikes

This event is part of a global day of strikes to support student climate strikers around the world. The Kent Strike has three key objectives:

1. Show support for student climate strikers around the world
2. Raise awareness of the climate crisis and what we can do about it both as individuals and collectively
3. Encourage KCC to bring forward their target date to become carbon neutral from 2050 to 2025.

Activities will include:
Eco brick making, rebel art, street yoga, street meditation, student poetry readings, group picnic, singalongs, litter picking, rock painting, banner making, seed bomb making, vegan recipes, plastic free and waste reduction ideas, XR Protests and appearances by Greenpeace and the Green Party.

Why is a global strike necessary?
‘According to Copernicus, every month this year ranks among the four warmest on record for the month in question.’ July was the hottest month ever on record. However, news publications across the world were seeing heatwaves and these record temperatures as some kind of achievement, often not linking them to the climate crisis or at least not the devastating effects of the climate crisis. UKSCN want media to tell the truth. Tell the truth that this is the climate crisis and that we need action now. That time has ran out for inaction. On the 20th September, students will strike again for climate justice and have asked adults to show support and solidarity by taking part in the strike this time.

Who is the Strike organised by?
UKYCC – UK Youth Climate Coalition is a organisation led by people aged 18-29 working on a variety of environmental campaigns.
UKSCN is a newer, student led organisation that largely focuses on promoting the views of other students, particularly those under 18 who therefore don’t have voting rights, with the aim of fighting for our future on this planet.
#YS4C– Youth Strike 4 Climate – is an event hosted by UKSCN (with the help of partner movements), entailing a UK-wide school strike protesting the lack of Government action to combat our current Climate Crisis.
Extinction Rebellion Kent are showing their support for student climate strikers by organising this event at Kent County Council, Maidstone.

What are UKSCN’s demands?
DEMAND 1-SAVE THE FUTURE – The Government declare a climate emergency and implement a Green New Deal to achieve Climate Justice.
DEMAND 2-TEACH THE FUTURE – The national curriculum is reformed to address the ecological crisis as an educational priority.
DEMAND 3-TELL THE FUTURE – The Government communicate the severity of the ecological crisis and the necessity to act now to the general public.
DEMAND 4-EMPOWER THE FUTURE – The Government recognise that young people have the biggest stake in our future, by incorporating youth views into policy making and bringing the voting age down to 16.

What are Extinction Rebellion’s demands?
DEMAND 1-Tell the truth – Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
DEMAND 2-Act Now – Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
DEMAND 3-Beyond Politics – Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

What is planned for the Kent Strike?
It will be a family-friendly day aimed at marking our support for student strikers across the world, encouraging Kent County Council to bring forward their target date for carbon neutrality and an easy access point for those wanting to find out more about youth climate strikes and/or Extinction Rebellion. The event is open to all; those on strike, those wanting to support during work breaks, and interested passers-by. Please use public transport or car share wherever possible. Please also bring a picnic, foldable chairs and anything else that might make your/someone else’s day more comfortable.

The full schedule isn’t yet finalised but here is what we have planned so far. Please get in touch if you would like to help organise the protests, activities or entertainment.

9:30 – 10:00 Set up and decorate
9:30 – 13:30 Eco Brick Making
11:00 – 13:00 Greenpeace stall
10:15 – 10:30 Protest 1 – XR Maidstone
10:30 – 11:00 Rebel Art
11:00 – 11:20 Street Yoga
11:00 – 11:30 Student poetry readings
11:30 – 12:00 Protest 2 – XR Maidstone
12:00 – 12:20 Street Meditation
12:30 – 13:30 Group picnic
13:30 – 14:30 Singalong
14:30 – 14:45 Protest 3 – XR Maidstone
15:30 – 16:00 Tidy up and litter pick
Green Party speech (time tbc)

Links:
Extinction Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth/
UKSCN: https://ukscn.org/
UKYCC: https://www.ukycc.com/
Fridays for Future: https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/
Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/23/we-need-everyone-youth-activists-call-on-adults-to-join-climate-strikes

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