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Sept. 20-27: Santa Cruz to Demonstrate in Global Climate Strike
by Michelle Merrill
Friday Sep 13th, 2019 10:46 AM
Santa Cruz activists join the Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20-27, to demand transformative changes to address the Climate Emergency; a week of events culminates in Santa Cruz school/work Strike/walkout, march and rally Sept. 27.
Sept. 20-27: Santa Cruz to Demonstrate in Global Climate Strike

“I want you to act as if our house is on fire, because it is.”
—Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old Swedish climate leader

Santa Cruz activists will join thousands across the planet in a Global Climate Strike, September 20-27, to demand transformative changes to address the Climate Emergency; a week of public events will culminate in the Santa Cruz school/work Strike/walkout, march and rally Sept. 27.

The Global Climate Strike coincides with the United Nations Summit on Climate Change Sept.23, convening to strengthen international commitments to solving the climate emergency.

“Nearly 1,000 children a day are now dying because of climate change, according to a path-breaking study published Wednesday, and the annual death toll stands at 400,000 people worldwide,” according to a special report released by DARA, an international consortium of nations most affected by climate change.

The U.N.’s 2019 Climate Change Summit website says:

“…if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to…below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”

Santa Cruz locals are preparing for Strike Week, from 8-year-old Emunah Posner Minami —“I’m walking out to protect our planet and ourselves and polar bears from climate change”— to activists in their 80’s; over a dozen groups are striking on Friday, 9/27, and staging dozens of activities in the week leading to the strike.

All Strike Week events details at

Summary of events:

The Santa Cruz Global Climate Strike week actions begin Friday, 9/20. The Global Climate Strike Kickoff: An Educational Festival will be at Louden Nelson Center from 4-8 pm, with educational and creative activities, including music, art, open mic, basketball, a climate science forum, "The Talk” by Extinction Rebellion in English and Spanish, compassionate listening and meditation. Food Not Bombs is providing food. Many organizations will have tables where people can find out how to get involved.

Friday, 9/20, from 3:30-6 pm, Youth Action on the Climate Strike will take place at City Plaza Park in Watsonville, on Main between Beach and Peck

Saturday, 9/21 Inner.action 40831 will hold a "Get Together at the Summit House,” including Art Building for Climate Strike 9/27, networking opportunities, open mic 4 pm-6pm, freedom for anyone to set up art or tables. Summit House, 23123 Highway 17

Sunday, 9/22, from 12:30-1:30pm, Novasutras will host an Equinox meditation at Santa Cruz City Hall Plaza

Sunday, 9/22, Eat for the Earth will host an Eat for the Earth Dinner and Presentation. Westside location available with registration:

Monday, 9/23, 11:30 am, Extinction Rebellion US Day of Action: "A Matter of Life and Death" in downtown Santa Cruz. Information at

Tuesday, 9/24, 12-1:30 pm, A street theater "forest" of climate crisis headlines -- both dangers and solutions -- will be created on Pacific Garden Mall by Citizens' Climate Lobby and Santa Cruz for Bernie

Tuesday, 9/24, 7-9pm, Faith in Our Future, an Interfaith event, will be held at Peace United Church

Wednesday, 9/25, 5-9 pm, A "Real Democracy Teach-in" hosted by Citizen Gaia and Within Reach, featuring Danny Sheehan, Nancy Glock-Grueneich and Ernestina Saldana, will be held at Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street

Thursday, 9/26, 5-6:30 pm, on Cooper St. in downtown Santa Cruz, a street theater "forest" of climate crisis headlines will, for the second time, be created by Citizens' Climate Lobby and Santa Cruz for Bernie

Thursday, 9/26, 7-9 pm, the Movie “Blowout”, based on a five-year study of the fracking industry in the U.S., will be shown at Live Oak Grange at 7 pm, followed by a discussion with local filmmaker Hope forPeace

Friday 9/27, The Big Strike Day in Santa Cruz, will include walkouts at schools and workplaces across Santa Cruz and converging student marches to the Youth GREEN COMMONS festival at the Farmers Market site on Cedar Street at Lincoln, with multiple events beginning at 4pm involving school and college students and various local groups. Some groups will be staging climate teach-ins at various locations on the way. See for details, map and walkout schedule

Details of all events are available at the Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (SC CAN) webpage and SC CAN's Facebook events page:

About: The Santa Cruz Global Climate Strike Coalition consists of over a dozen organizations, listed on the website

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