How to strike on the 15th

On Friday 12th of April, students across the UK will be striking once again to protest lack of government action to combat our climate crisis. We will do this in unity with students from nearly 20 countries across the globe. Below is a step by step guide on how you can join #YouthStrike4Climate.

 

Step 1-Find a strike

Strikes will be happening in many locations on the 12th. You can find a list of these locations here. If you want to set up your own strike, please follow our guide for a Facebook event. You can also fill out a form to set up a new strike in your town or city on the where page.


Step 2-Seek permission

Seek permission. You’ll need permission from your parent/guardian to miss school which is usually only done in situations of illness. Absence can also be granted in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and many believe that imminent climate break down is ‘exceptional’. Neither UKSCN nor Youth Strike 4 Climate is encouraging you to break the law and you can legally strike with permission for absence from your school.

You stand the best chance of success with a clear understanding of your personal motivations to strike, consent from your school, and permission from a parent / guardian. Resources to help you talk to your school can be found here. Letters parents can send to your school to help you get their permission can be found here.


Step 3-Spread the word

Spread the word. In order to make an meaningful impact, UKSCN needs your help to make the #YouthStrike4Climate on April the 12th to be as big as possible. Thousands of students attended strikes across Europe and in Australia in recent months, and to do the same in the UK we need to reach as wide an audience as possible. The best ways to do this include:

  • WhatsApp; if you have filled out the form on our where page to set up a new strike, we will contact you with instructions on how to set up an organising group in your area.

  • Sharing the website; Sending the link to our website to as many people as you can, along with sharing in on social media or in group chats is a great way to further spread information about the UK wide strike.

  • Talking to people about what you’re doing; if you’ve gotten this far, chances are you’re passionate about this issue. Talking to anyone and everyone about UKSCN, the #YouthStrike4Climate on March 15th, and how students are fighting the ecological crisis we have created will spread this passion and be powerful in gaining their support. You can find a poster here