Tacoma Youth Climate Strike!
September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Our shared home is in danger. As young people, climate change threatens all of our futures.
On September 20, the young people of Tacoma are rising up to protect the people and the places that we love. We are raising our voices to make sure we have a livable, just, and equitable future. This is part of the Global Youth Climate Strike on that day with an anticipated turnout of 3 million people mobilizing in the face of the climate crisis. We are working in a growing coalition with 350 Tacoma, Protectors of the Salish Sea, Washington Environmental Council, and Sunrise Washington.
We are not alone in this fight. Youth organizers around the world are calling for adult allies to join with them in this crucial moment. Together we are strong, united, and together with other movements for change.
September 20 is the start of the youth uprising. Our voices will continue to grow across the nation and the world until the people in power make the changes we need in the scope and scale of the climate crisis. We will be joining and amplifying our voices together with the indigenous leaders of the Protectors of the Salish Sea. We have a shared vision of flowing like two streams of water across Tacoma, joining our streams to form a mighty river, and walking all the way to the state Capitol to demand a declaration of a Climate Emergency for the State of Washington.
Here is a link with more information about our coalition partner’s “Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea” event:
HOW THE DAY WILL LOOK
9am: Morning launch of the “Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea” lead by the Protectors of the Salish Sea from the LNG facility in the Tacoma tide flats. This walk will make its first stop at City Hall in Tacoma.
2pm (subject to change!): Youth-lead rally in People’s Park to share stories, art, songs, and more, all while amplifying young, diverse, and powerful voices standing up for climate justice in our region.
4pm: March to City Hall to demand that the City of Tacoma declare a Climate Emergency. We will join the walkers from the morning launch and participate in a water ceremony led by the Protectors of the Salish Sea (more details below).
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
The Protectors of the Salish Sea have invited you to join in a participatory water blessing ceremony as part of this day. If you’d like to join, please bring a container of water from a place that is special and meaningful to you, and a painted rock with an image that symbolizes what you are fighting to protect from climate chaos. We will bring our waters together and pour them together on an altar of our rocks in a ceremony led by The Protectors of the Salish Sea.
AFTER LEAVING CITY HALL
Attendees of the Youth Climate Strike are invited to join the Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea through downtown Tacoma to their first overnight stay where we will share a meal and honor the journey we are on together. All are welcomed for all four day walk or for portions. All walkers are required to follow the directives and leadership of the Protectors of the Salish Sea. Support and logistical assistance is welcome via coordinated donations.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/tacoma-us-strike/
We are seeking other YOUTH and ADULT organizations who are dedicated to social justice work, labor movements, community advocacy, and/or immigration issues. We invite you into this organizing space as partners. We hope to amplify you, support the hard work you are doing, and fight the oppressive structures of power together. We are actively reaching out to many of you but we are a small team, and appreciate any introductions we receive. If your group or organization participates in oppressive, racist, or otherwise harmful activities, there is no place at this table for you.
We welcome any YOUTH VOLUNTEERS (under the age of 25), whether you are new to organizing or new to the climate justice movement. Come join us – we would love to hear your ideas! You will be trained and supported throughout the entire process.
We welcome the support of ADULT ALLIES/VOLUNTEERS with organizing experience that can come behind the youth and indigenous leadership here and let them direct your energy. We welcome the support of volunteers who are willing to learn and to change and who are committed to anti-colonial and anti-racist practices.
Adult Ally Volunteer Form: https://bit.ly/2lNl8OA
OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Are you involved with local faith communities, local government, the school board, the teacher’s union, artists, musicians, neighborhood councils, sports teams, political organizers, scientific communities, universities, community colleges, campus clubs, parenting groups, advocacy groups, conservation groups, and businesses? We want to connect with you so that you can connect us to the city.