Global Climate Strike for Future

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More than 1,5 million young people in 2069 cites of 125 countries across world took place in the first Global Climate Strike which took place earlier this year on the 13th March.

The student climate strike movement began in August 2018 when Swedish climate activist and student Greta Thunberg began protesting on the steps of her parliament.

Ireland has been named the worst performing country in Europe for addressing climate change for the second consecutive year and students across Ireland are planning to strike again to demand stronger Government action to tackle climate change.

The next climate strike will be taking place on 24th May, the 4th anniversary of Laudato Si.

Events will be held in counties Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Donegal, Meath, Clare and Kerry.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is has extended an invitation for all to get involved:

"Momentum is growing quickly for the climate strikes that will happen on May 24. In just the past week, lay leaders in 17 countries have registered that they’ll participate.

Younger people are demanding that the looming climate catastrophe be averted. Older people are standing up to show that the demand for action is strong across generations.

Be part of the wave of support on May 24. There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • If you’d like to join an existing event, search for “May 24 climate strike” and the name of your town. The strikes are decentralized, so look through several results to find the event that’s best for you.
  • Identify a local government office to march to, find out if permission is needed to demonstrate there, and walk to the site with a group from your parish. Be sure to carry signs so others will know why you’re marching.
  • Make the climate strikes part of your faith practice. Write a letter to a decision-maker after mass or pray for climate strikers with your prayer group using this rosary for the anniversary of Laudato Si’.
  • Whatever you choose, be sure to register your participation here. You can even add a link to your event flyer or Facebook event so that others will join you. Your link could be as simple as a Google doc with a quick description of your event and how to join in.

 This strike has special significance for us because May 24 is the 4th anniversary of Laudato Si’. Make your own sign or print a banner with a Laudato Si’ quotation–“Young people demand change”–available free for download hereMore resources including bulletin announcements, social media posts, and a sample letter to your pastor/bishop are all available here.

From east to west, from north to south, Catholics are lifting a mighty voice for climate justice. Your action is part of this great wave of justice that is rolling around the world. It matters.