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September 21, 2019

NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL FROM NOW ON

After shutting our business (including our website) on September 20 to participate in the Digital Climate Strike, we are back. We took this Friday off to think about what we can do as individuals and also what we can do as a company to help fuel the change. We believe in using our business as a force for good. That’s why we’re calling upon other business leaders, and also our customers, to support the climate strike alongside The Sustainabiliteens here in Vancouver (learn about a strike near you here).

As members of the business community and an employer of young people, our actions carry a lot of weight. By participating in the Climate Strike from September 20 to September 27 we’ll be able to send a clear and powerful message to our elected leaders, as well as to our customers and our community. And that’s exactly what we want to do. We intend to use Smartbite Snacks platform to amplify the climate strike message and thus help the movement to spread further. But we’ll need your help. 





A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL STRIKES MOVEMENT

The school strike movement began in August 2018 when Swedish student, a then-15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks. The teen was protesting against the inaction of the government on the climate crisis. Thunberg now strikes every Friday. She has vowed to do so until Swedish policies are updated to include a pathway to lowering emissions to be in line with the Paris Agreement.

Since then, the movement has spread across the globe. A global week-long climate strike — called Week for Future — already began on September 20, 2019. This September 27, Greta and youth organizers from 140+ countries are calling on parents, teachers, workers and students to join their grassroots, youth-led actions.

This wave of mobilization, one of the biggest the world has seen, is as amazing as it is fragile -- its organic nature, the fact that it’s led by young people, the absence of  a large form of centralization, the DIY culture and the zero-budget approach, are all reasons for its success. Adults taking part need to do so without throwing this formula off balance -- their role is to listen to young voices and help amplify their message.


 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER?

Beginning Friday, September 20, students around the world started to take to the streets across Canada and around the world for a week of action. They understand that the climate crisis is the greatest challenge we have ever faced and that there is no time to wait for others to act.

Many cities across Canada will be holding daily actions throughout the week to build momentum in the lead-up to the main strike. There are currently over 3300 events taking place worldwide from September 20th through 27th, as millions of people walk out of classrooms, workplaces and homes to march together in the streets and demand climate action and climate justice. You can find more information about the many local events happening during the week of action at the Sustainabiliteens Facebook page for Vancouver or at the Our Earth Our Future website for Victoria.



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Then, on Friday, September 27, millions of people worldwide will join the young school strikers, culminating into what will be the biggest global climate mobilization ever. In B.C. the main marches will take place in Vancouver and Victoria.

The idea is to use collective power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. Young people are hoping the significance of this global gathering will push folks still on the sidelines into action.


HOW CAN YOU SHOW SUPPORT FOR B.C. YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKERS?


1. SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCAL CLIMATE STRIKES ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

  • During the week of September 20 through 27, use your social media channels to post about supporting the strikes to encourage your friends and family to get involved. Use these images for Victoria and these for Vancouver or find ideas including suggested content here and at globalclimatestrike.net
  • We created this helpful social media package containing social media post drafts, appropriate hashtags and social media accounts to tag.


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2.
DONATE EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YOUR LOCAL YOUTH #CLIMATESTRIKE ORGANIZERS

  • The local youth organizers are seeking support in the form of in-kind financial donations and/or things like sign and banner making supplies, tables, tents, food + drink, audio equipment and more.
  • The Victoria organizers have a Facebook fundraising page for this interested in providing financial support.
  • If you are able to provide in-kind donations in any form please contact Rob Fisher at Dogwood (robert@dogwoodbc.ca) who can help coordinate by putting you in touch with your local youth organizers.


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3.
RECRUIT OTHER BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO JOIN THE STRIKE

  • Activate your own network in support of the #ClimateStrike. Use this form for Vancouver and this form for Victoria.
  • Think of the organizations, clubs or groups you belong to. Talk about the September #climatestrikes at your next meeting; take to social media and share a public statement of support. Organize others for solidarity actions and events. Not everyone will be able to strike, but a lot of people will want to help other ways, so please reach out to your local networks.  We need everyone.

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4.
JOIN THE YOUNG CLIMATE STRIKERS IN VANCOUVER OR VICTORIA ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

  • Physically attend the climate strike on Friday, September 27, to show your support for the young strikers - bring your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. You can find full information including meeting places and times for Victoria on the Our Earth Our Future website and on the Sustainabiliteens Facebook page for Vancouver.
  • You can also join the climate strikes online. Have a digital presence or a website? Anyone with an online presence has an opportunity to join in and “go green” with a digital strike.
  • Consider leaving a #climatestrike out of office message - check out this out of the office share pack for ideas.
  • You can also hold an event at your place of business or in your community during the week of September 20 - 27 to show your support for the #ClimateStrike. Please contact Rob Fisher (robert@dogwoodbc.ca) who can connect you to your local youth organizers in order to plan any local events supporting the #ClimateStrike.


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5. IF YOU CAN CLOSE YOUR BUSINESS ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 

  • The strongest possible message local businesses can send to show they are standing with the young climate strikers is to close their doors on the day of the strike. Businesses may choose to close for just a few hours or a full day.
  • Display signage on the front door of your business so people understand why you have closed. If you are not physically planning on joining one of the larger marches, you may choose to take a stand outside your business and speak to people about why you have chosen to close in support of the #ClimateStrike
  • Close down your website - Have a digital presence or a website? Anyone with an online presence has an opportunity to join in and “go green” with a digital strike. Join the digital climate strike - please note the default strike date is set to September 20th, Canadian websites will want to adjust this to the 27th to reflect the Canadian strike dates - instructions on how to change the date can be found by following the link to the GitHub page.
  • Starting September 20th, the Global Climate Strike website will also have a live blog which will be a great place to track what’s going on around the world. You can also embed the live blog in your website using the following code:

    <h2 class="text-center text-size-large text-font-secondary text-strong text-caps">Live Updates:</h2>
    <div class="liveblog-wrapper">
    <div id="LB24_LIVE_CONTENT" data-eid="2347555092953066260"></div></div>
    <script src="https://v.24liveblog.com/24.js" defer></script>

 

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WE PLEDGE TO DO MORE

Humanity faces a dangerously hot and fast-changing climate that is exacerbating natural disasters, causing food and water shortages, and speeding us toward the biggest economic catastrophe in history. The plain truth is that our old was need to change if humanity is going to survive.

We all must make it clear to our elected leaders that there is no room in government for climate deniers and that their inaction is killing us. We need our leaders to act on the science and follow the market forces—do their job and create policies that protect our planet and our communities.

Companies just as ours can show they are serious about caring for their employees, communities and our only home by taking responsibility for their ecological footprint in the world. We spent Friday, September 20 coming with the action plan on how exactly we are going to do that but we will share that with you some other time because right now all the focus should be and is going to be on our youth climate strikers and their efforts. Let’s start all by joining the youth climate strikers on Friday, September 27. Click here for a strike near you. 

Rosie Perper/Business Insider

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