Filed under: Anarchist Movement, Climate Change, Editorials, US
Call to participate and intervene within the upcoming climate strike actions happening across the world from the week of September 20th – 27th.
On the 20th of September, around the world, thousands of people are coming together under the banner of Earth Strike to hold a general strike for the climate. Many unions and workers from various industries have also pledged to join the strike. 1,006 Amazon employees have said that they plan on walking out in support of the strike.1
Anarchists, autonomists and anti-authoritarians are also joining in the strike bringing revolutionary, anti-capitalist and inter-sectional perspectives. This past week the Anarchist Federation in the UK endorsed Earth Strike and is organizing around it.2
The Green Anti-Capitalist Front will also have a presence at climate strikes across the UK. The UK based group is doing radical organizing around climate action challenging the green capitalist agenda of many organizations trying to lead the resistance.
The international demands of the Earth Strike are as follows:
• An immediate start on global co-operation to reverse the damage done to the Earth’s climate, through unambiguous and binding agreements, by both world leaders and corporate entities, following IPCC projections of halving carbon net emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.
• International, unambiguous and binding commitments to halt the destruction of rainforests and other wildlife habitats.
• International, unambiguous and binding agreements designed to hold corporations accountable for the greenhouse gases they produce.
We believe that anti-authoritarian radicals in the so-called united states should participate in the strike. This is an opportunity to bring an anti-capitalist perspective to thousands of people seeking system change. As the reformist demands of the movement fail to yield results, many people who have only recently joined the movement may be seeking revolutionary paths forward. In this moment ruled by existential dread, fear, increasing nihilism and despair, it is important to find paths forward and empower one another through direct action and mutual aid. We must find ways to process and move through the stages of grief [denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance] and towards a culture of resilient, enduring action capable of withstanding the many losses and sorrows we will collectively experience until liberation of the earth and all inhabitants is achieved.
The global youth are inheriting these crises, and are collectively realizing the shit hand they’ve been dealt — born into a largely alienated and dying world with uncertain futures. Because of this many youth and students have largely been at the front of recent climate campaigns. For example, Fridays for a Future youth strikes have mobilized thousands of people and brought awareness and urgency of these issues to the forefront. There is so much power and revolutionary potential in this generation of youth. Youth are a marginalized group in almost every modern society — pushed into the background of political movements and processes. The climate strike is an opportunity to connect with youth who are well aware of the seriousness of the crisis we are living in. Old institutions offer them tired solutions, and capitalists, and NGOs will try to co-opt their struggles. As anarchists, anti-authoritarians and autonomists we must come together with youth; only through inter-generational struggle can we actualize our revolutionary potentials and find a path forward.
Points of Intervention:
⦁ Attend the Climate Strike
⦁ Bring zines and radical literature
⦁ Engage in discussion with other strikers
⦁ Bring anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian banners and banner making material
⦁ Offer strikers information about upcoming events and ways to engage in anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist movements
⦁ Connect strikers to existing environmental struggles
⦁ Offer existing radical spaces and resources for youth to organize themselves
⦁ Work towards organizing a radical climate convergence in your community