Climate Strikes

Overview

In September 2019, a call was made for global climate strikes to bring attention to the worsening climate crisis.

From September 20-27th, a record 7.6 million people took to the streets to strike for climate action in the biggest climate mobilization in history. From Jakarta to New York, Karachi to Amman, Berlin to Kampala, Istanbul to Québec, Guadalajara to Asunción, in big cities and small villages, millions of people joined hands and raised their voices in defense of the climate. The strikes showed that we have the people power we need to create a just world and end the era of fossil fuels.

In New Hampshire, over 2,000 people joined a climate strike in Portsmouth, Manchester, Durham, Plymouth, Bethlehem, Concord, Nashua, Conway, and more. 350NH joined a coalition with NH Youth Climate Strikes, New Hampshire Youth Movement, Sierra Club, Climate Action NH, Mothers Out Front, Rights & Democracy, Nonviolent Citizen Action, and Party for Socialism and Liberation, and others.

Youth from across the state stood in front of crowds of people and talked about why they skipped school to join a climate strike. They spoke about the lack of action they have seen from adults and elected officials to combat the climate crisis and called for their community to step up. We are listening to the demands of the New Hampshire Youth and following their lead.

Are you in high school, middle school, or college? Want to get on the youth strike planning team? Email rebecca350nh@gmail.com.

Why We Strike

As 350NH, we are following suit with the Strike Team coalitions that have nationally formed, and striking in solidarity with them. We strike because our government has failed us. For years, we have known about the effects of the climate crisis but legislators have failed to act. No major federal climate legislation has been passed.

We are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect our futures. We will stop going to school. We will stop going to work. We refuse to participate in a society and economy that is actively destroying this generation’s chance at a livable future.

Climate

  • Burning coal and gas causes the climate crisis.
  • We can’t go 100% renewable by 2030 if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels.
  • We have a moral responsibility to stop using fossil fuels in New Hampshire.
  • Fracked methane gas is just as bad for the climate, as methane is more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Economics

  • We pay the price of the climate crisis while the fossil fuel billionaires get rich.
  • Coal plants like the one in Bow receive forward capacity payments (essentially subsidies) to remain in use part-time while that money could be going to solar and wind.
  • Renewable energy expansion would mean more jobs for New Hampshire, while burning fossil fuels is sending money out of New Hampshire.

Environmental Justice

  • People on the frontlines of the climate crisis are suffering the most, and it is almost always in low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • Indigenous people in New Hampshire can no longer fish or drink the water in the Merrimack River because of hams and heavy industry like the Merrimack Generating station (coal-fired).
  • Emissions from fossil fuel infrastructure has an impact on human health and can cause asthma, heart attacks, and death.

Just Transition

  • The conflict with fossil fuels is not between jobs and the environment, but between corporations and communities.
  • Corporations need to invest in renewable energy.
  • The government and corporations need to provide jobs training and benefits to employees of fossil fuel companies as they transition to renewable energy.
  • No community should be left behind in the transition to renewable energy.
  • Building renewable energy will keep jobs in New Hampshire

Elections

  • We need politicians who will represent the people and protect us from the damages the fossil fuel industry is causing.
  • We must hold our elected officials accountable so that they will hold corporations financially and legally accountable for their actions.
  • We will vote for candidates who will champion climate justice and safety for us and for future generations.
  • We must vote out elected officials who have allowed for the presence of harmful energy production in our communities, like the coal plant in Bow and who continue to support fossil fuel infrastructure expansion like the Granite Bridge pipeline.
  • We need the GREEN NEW DEAL to be put into action in federal and local governments.

Get Involved

New Hampshire will continue to join in the call for global climate strikes. 

Sign up below to receive updates about our work and events and email rebecca.beaulieu@350.org for more information on how to get involved.

Ways to get involved:

  • Plan a strike in your community with 350NH’s support.
  • Join a planning team to help us prepare for a strike
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Volunteer a skill (social media, graphic design, you name it)
  • Email rebecca.beaulieu@350.org for more ideas on how to plug into the campaign

 

 

 

Can you help us reach our $5000 goal to support local climate strikes?

We are building the grassroots movement for climate justice in the Granite State.

 

We need your support to:

  • Stop fossil fuel infrastructure expansion
  • Foster a just transition to clean energy
  • Advocate for the Green New Deal