There are a number of ways that you can get involved with the #FridaysForFuture movement. The most obvious one is you can Strike for the Climate every Friday. You can start your own strike, or use our map to find a Strike in the Chicago area. If you’re elsewhere in the world, you can use the map on the FridaysForFuture website.
FridaysForFuture Climate Striking rules
- No violence
- No damage
- No littering
- No profit
- No hate
- Minimize your carbon footprint
- Always refer to science
If you are unable to strike from school or work every Friday, that’s understandable, here are a couple of ways to show your support for the FridaysForFuture movement:
FFF Striker Kallan Benson used this approach. Her silent strike was long, but yours could be just a day, or many weeks. There are different variations of messaging to use, “adults are not listening so I am not speaking,” and “we are silent striking to echo the silence of world leaders on the climate crisis,” are just two examples. You could wear tape over your mouth, a mask, or nothing at all. One way to convey your messaging even though you can’t talk is to make informational cards to give to anyone who asks what you are doing. You could also simply create a sign. Some local groups are silent striking every Friday for those who can’t skip school.
If your school/ work allows, you could leave campus during lunch and choose a nearby location with significance to the FFF cause to strike at. If not, you could sit with a sign in a central location on campus, maybe the cafeteria or near the main entrance.
Although a small action, anything that shows your solidarity with FFF is helpful. You could wear green every Friday, or just on deep strike days. To take this a step further you could wear a shirt with FFF messaging on it (although we don’t sell merch so you’d have to make your own)
Create strips of green fabric (preferably from something upcycled), write some FFF hashtags or slogans on them, and tie them somewhere visible, to your backpack, water bottle, wrist, ankle, or anywhere else you can think of. Make a bunch and hand them out to friends and passersby. This is a great thing to incorporate into any strike as it’s nice to give something to people who stop and talk to you. This way, anyone can carry a little bit of the movement with them.
Kind of like the lunch strike, if your workplace or school doesn’t allow you to leave the building without consequence, you could organize a strike within the establishment. For an example: you could have a march down the halls of your office building and then end with a rally in the main lobby.
First, choose an important location in your area such as a government officials office, your school, a corporate fossil fuel industry building, or any other influential company. Then, create signs with some people in the area and walk go into the location, and sit-down for as long as you think fits. If you are going to use this approach, make sure to research permits in the areas you are planning on doing a sit-in at, to make sure you know what the legal situation is.
A die-in is like a sit-in but, instead of sitting, you are lying on the ground. This action is supposed to be representing those who have already been killed because of the climate crisis. It is supposed to show whoever you are targeting what the bleak future may look like.
Put the Earth Emoji next to your name in your social media bio to show solidarity with strikers around the world. Although not specifically a Friday action it is a great way to show that you support the cause. You can also look for others doing this to see how widespread the movement is and find other like-minded people.
Talk about the climate crisis. Call it what it is, a climate crisis, climate emergency, climate breakdown, not just climate change. Connect the climate crisis to other topics of discussion as the crisis impacts everything else in our lives. Talk about what FFF is doing, why we are doing it, and encourage others to join in. Keep conversations respectful and productive.
FFF USA is starting an initiative to have people around the country write letters to their Senators and Representatives asking them to fight for climate justice, for frontline communities, for the youth, for the Earth, and for generations to come. They will then have our FFF DC chapter hand deliver the letters to the congressional offices to make the voice of strikers and our allies around the country heard, and to promote an FFF presence on Capitol Hill. Check out their FFF Congressional Letter Writing Campaign Guide here.
- offCents — offCents provides real time, automated tracking of your carbon emissions from transportation. From the application, you can choose to offset your carbon footprint from any number of your car, train or airplane trips. You control how much you want to spend in contributing to this cause. Proceeds from your offsets go toward purchasing carbon offsets, or Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs).
- Ecosia Search Engine — Ecosia is a search engine like Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo. But they use their profits to plant trees. On average you need to perform around 45 web searches to plant a tree.
- LiveGreen Daily Carbon Tracker — (iOS only) LiveGreen is the first daily carbon tracking and reducing mobile app. Track your daily emissions and offset what you can’t reduce by planting trees at reforestation projects worldwide! (If anyone knows of a good app for Android, please let me know because I’d like to try it — contact: [email protected])
- EarthHero — EarthHero is an eco-friendly online marketplace. You can pick from products that are sourced, manufactured, and shipped in a way that protects our planet’s future.
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