Dozens of companies will participate in the global climate strikes through shutdowns, website blackouts, amplification, and allowing employees to attend
(New York, NY) Over 180 companies, including Ben & Jerry’s, Lush Cosmetics, Seventh Generation, Patagonia, The North Face, Stonyfield, Eileen Fischer, Etsy, Opening Ceremony, Thinx, Dr. Bronner’s and more have signed onto a joint statement ahead of the September 20th Climate Strikes to express their support and call for an end to the age of fossil fuels. These businesses have committed to being accountable for, and reducing their impact on the planet.
To see the full statement and list of companies, go HERE.
Carleen Pickard, Ethical Campaigns Specialist at Lush Cosmetics, who co-leads the business working group for the Climate Strikes, said, “The urgency and clear demands of the youth leadership of the Global Climate Strikes has us more inspired than ever to step up as advocates for climate justice.”
Kate Ogden, Advocacy and Movement Building Manager at Seventh Generation, who co-leads the business working group for the Climate Strikes said, “As business leaders we have a key role to play not only in striving for sustainable business practices but in advocating for systemic solutions that bring an end to the age of fossil fuels and support a just transition to clean, renewable energy.”
David Levine, President of the American Sustainable Business Council said, “Already American businesses are being hurt by climate-related extreme weather and changing weather patterns. We need dramatic changes in public policy that will drive business innovation, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and move us to a sustainable and healthy economy based on 100% renewable energy.”
In the U.S., youth and adults are working together in an intergenerational and multiracial effort to demand bold climate action, including the immediate phase-out of all fossil fuels. Large turnouts are expected in New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and more.
In response, 350.org’s North America Director Tamara Toles O’Laughlin said, “This statement from companies demonstrates a new marker of accountability as we work to phase out the era of fossil fuels to make way for climate action rooted in social and economic transformation. Each of these socially conscious companies will uplift the demands of the youth and communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis during the Climate Strikes this September. We know that it’s going to take all of us to make the changes necessary to preserve our future. The willingness to disrupt the norm is an indicator that the time has come for everyone, especially global leaders, to get out of their comfort zones to ensure that communities around the world can thrive with clean air, water, and are safe from the worst of the climate crisis.”
Coordinated by Future Coalition, the U.S. youth-led strikes includes Earth Uprising, Fridays for Future USA, Extinction Rebellion-Youth, Sunrise and Zero Hour. The Youth Climate Strike Coalition is steering the national campaign, with active support, participation and collaboration from an Adult Climate Strike Coalition, which includes leading national organizations such as 350.org, Greenpeace, SEIU and March On. Youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand transformative action on climate.
For more information about global climate strikes, go to globalclimatestrike.net
350.org is an international campaign to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.
Thanu Yakupitiyage, U.S. Communications Director, 350.org, [email protected]
Eva Cook, Brand PR, Lush Cosmetics, [email protected]
Brandi Thomas, Sr PR Manager, Seventh Generation, [email protected]