Young climate strikers around the world called on their peers to disrupt business as usual in September by protesting against political decisions that do not favour the climate. Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement, activists organised protests in more than 150 countries around the world.
The first Global Climate Strike was scheduled for 20 September, three days before an emergency United Nations climate summit in New York in the United States. The second for 27 September, in conjunction with Earth Strike’s general strike to save the planet.
The protesters want governments to stop burning fossil fuels and facilitate a rapid transition to renewable energy. In South Africa, protesters also want to highlight the need for the country to be more ambitious in general in developing strategies to combat climate change.
Strike organisers see the September marches as the start of sustained mass mobilisation, week after week, to pressure governments around the world to take accelerated action on climate change.