School Strike For Climate Action - Albuquerque
September 20, 2019 12:30 PM
Robinson Park 810 Copper Ave. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
On September 20th, millions of adults across the world will walk out of workplaces & homes to join young climate strikers on the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Join us in Albuquerque at Robinson Park as we demand climate justice for everyone.
12:30p-5p Climate Resistance Fair / 12p School Walkouts / 1p Rally
We, the youth of Albuquerque, are striking from school because we have but a few years to transform our energy system and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The clock is ticking, and stops for no one.
We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. It is time we take a stand, and demand action from our nation and world’s leaders.
We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation —especially Indigenous communities, disabled communities, and low-income communities— are already disproportionately impacted by climate change.
HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUTS:
Walkouts will begin at 12pm, students along with adult allies will convene on Robinson Park at 1pm before marching shortly after.
CLIMATE RESISTANCE FAIR:
Younger middle or elementary school students are invited to join local hip-hop artists, poets, and musicians anytime between 12:30pm and 5pm at Robinson for our "Climate Resistance Fair" sponsored by local community organizations and full of fun, safe, and engaging ways you can help combat the crisis!
Interested in leading a Climate Crisis Walkout at your school? Learn more and get involved by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ZIZJVY
- A just transition to 100% to renewable energy (nuclear energy is not renewable or sustainable energy) no later than 2030;
- Immediate action to protect New Mexico’s lands, water, climate and communities by placing a moratorium on fracking;
-The immediate investment of revenues generated from extractive industry into an Economic Transition Study and Planning & Implementation Fund accessible to local communities in order to develop alternatives to our state’s dependence on oil and gas revenues. We will no longer allow the education, social service, and infrastructure needs of New Mexicans to be held hostage by fossil fuel extraction that threatens our existence. We hold our state government accountable for the failure to plan and generate alternatives to fossil-fuel dependency over the last 50 years. We raise the fact that despite our oil and gas “riches” - our state remains one of the poorest with failing education and health care systems, unmatched levels of childhood poverty and food insecurity, and limited economic opportunities. The fossil fuel industry has clearly NOT been working for New Mexicans;
- Transition planning and implementation must be designed to address the needs and demands of those most affected by the climate crisis;
- Renewable energy investment must explicitly address equity issues, be paired with investment in energy conservation and efficiency, and be designed to maximize community benefits and control (such as community solar);
- We are committed to centering the voices of indigenous, (low-income) youth (of color) in the planning process, as our voices have historically been divested of any semblance of decision-making authority;
- We demand a just transition that prioritizes indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
- With immediacy, we call on the elected officials of New Mexico to declare a climate emergency and to support the Green New Deal and Equitable & Just Climate Platform; and for our adult allies to step out of their routines, workplaces, and comfort zones on the 20th of September to show their support for and invest in our cause and the future.
THIS EVENT IS APART OF THE GLOBAL WEEK OF CLIMATE ACTION: Visit Fight For Our Lives on Facebook to find fun climate action events in Albuquerque everyday from Friday September 20th to Friday September 27th 2019