Trump diverts millions from disaster relief, now we strike!

A reckoning is happening. Join us.

by Valentina Stackl

August 29, 2019

These student-led climate strikes will be one of the biggest climate moments we’ve seen in years with one major goal: Look Trump and oil executives in the eye and tell them their time is over.

This week, Trump announced he’ll divert hundreds of millions of dollars in disaster relief funding towards border detention centers and his wall.— as meteorologists report Hurricane Dorian could become a major storm when it reaches the U.S. mainland this Labor Day weekend.

While it’s still too soon to know exactly where the hurricane will hit and how hard, his announcement is outrageous.

Trump would rather lock children and families up in cages and asylum seekers in concentration camps than make sure the people who are the first and worst hit by the climate disasters are safe and cared for.

School children from all over London come out on strike to support the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement.

Insert the student-led climate strikes.

As we speak, tens of thousands of people across the U.S. are gearing up to leave school and work for the climate on September 20th. These student-led climate strikes will be one of the biggest climate moments we’ve seen in years with one major goal: Look Trump and oil executives in the eye and tell them their time is over.

It’s not a coincidence that Trump’s diversion of funds from climate disaster relief to his racist immigration policies and border wall is happening at the same time as the youth-led climate strikes.

A reckoning is happening. We have had enough.

The fossil fuel industry and white supremacy are holding our democracy and economy captive. For too long, they’ve relied on each other to continue.

The same people facing the impacts of the climate crisis have also been targeted by racist laws and policies. These communities suffer from the toxic health impacts of the fossil fuel industry — and have suffered the most when floods, storms, and wildfires hit our cities and towns.

But, we’ve reached a breaking point. It’s all bubbling to the surface.

We know that fighting the climate crisis is about more than greenhouse gas levels and moving from the fallout of one storm or the next. That’s why the climate strikes are grounded in creating community and the world that we want to see — one where we use our power to build a just, healthy, and equitable world for everyone together.

The strikes are about making a Green New Deal a reality — where we protect our land, air, and water and create millions of safe, high-paying, union jobs in renewable energy and land restoration. They’re about saying goodbye to the age of oil and welcoming a renewable, regenerative energy future. And, they’re about opening borders and welcoming people who are already facing the deadly impacts of climate disasters, environmental pollution, and violence fueled by white supremacy and colonization.

By being in solidarity with these courageous students and taking bold action, we’ll call on our leaders to choose whether they stand with young people fighting for their future — and all of us! — or with fossil fuel polluters.

The stakes are high and the field is set.

Trump and the oil, gas, and coal industries will not concede their power if we simply ask nicely. That’s why we’re striking on September 20th. The time to build our power together and fight with everything we got is now.

Join me and Greenpeace in this global, student-led moment. #StrikeWithUs.

Valentina Stackl

By Valentina Stackl

Valentina Stackl is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural communications specialist and storyteller. As Senior Communications Officer, Valentina works on Democracy (including criminalization of protest) and Climate for media, storytelling, and other communications projects.

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