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Where and when to find a climate strike event near you

If you want to show your support for climate action, there are events all over the country.

Where and when to find a climate strike event near you
Greta Thunberg joins student environmental advocates during a strike to demand action be taken on climate change, outside the White House on September 13, 2019. [Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images]

On Friday, September 20, youth around the world are leading a global day of protest, asking kids to skip school and adults to leave work and make it clear to governments and businesses that the people demand action on climate change. The events are inspired by the work of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who started a solo climate strike a year ago as a ninth grader (and sailed to New York to attend the protest instead of taking a plane).

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Many businesses are also participating in the strike, either by closing to let their employees join the protest and give more visibility to the cause, or by directing consumers to take action as part of a “digital climate strike,” in which more than 6,000 companies plan to take their sites dark and direct people to climate strike resources. Environmentally friendly cleaning product company Seventh Generation donated a week of its advertising budget to help get the message out. At other companies—like Amazon—workers are planning walkouts to specifically protest their own company’s lack of action on the climate. In New York, the school district is telling students the absence won’t count on their record. In other districts, doctors have been signing a note excusing the absence because of a “climate emergency.”

If you’re interested in joining the protest, here are some of the times (in local time) and locations of major protests around the country (there will also be some on September 27). Wherever you live, you can find any of the hundreds of events around the world at the map here.

Austin
Where: Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue
When: 10:00 a.m.

Boston
Where: City Hall Plaza
When: 10:00 a.m.

Chicago
Grant Park, intersection of S. Columbus Drive and E. Roosevelt Road
When: 12:00 p.m.

Los Angeles
Where: Pershing Square, 532 South Olive Street
When: 12:00 p.m.

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New York
Where: Foley Square, 1 Federal Plaza
When: 12:00 p.m.

Philadelphia
Where: City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard
When: 11:00 a.m.

Portland
Where: Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue
When: 10:30 a.m.

San Francisco
Where: San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th Street
When: 10:00 a.m.

Seattle
Where: Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Avenue
When: 9:00 a.m.

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Morgan is a senior editor at Fast Company. He edits the Impact section, formerly FastCoExist.com. Have an idea for a story? You can reach him at mclendaniel [at] fastcompany.com

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