After a long stint of virtual strikes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fridays for Future will take to the streets once again on 24 September for a Global Climate Strike demanding intersectional climate justice and raising awareness on “MAPA”.
MAPA stands for “Most Affected People and Areas” and refers to those who are hit the hardest by the repercussions of climate change including drought, wildfire, and extreme weather events.
The September 24th Global Climate Strike aims to highlight the complex web of socio-economic crises related to and amplified by climate change, including systemic racism, class inequality and the centuries-long struggles of countries that have been historically exploited and oppressed.
By acknowledging the complexity of the climate crisis and its ramifications, the movement is not just calling for drastic emissions cuts in the Global North, but also for vaccine equity, the cancellation of debts, climate finance support, and reparations to be paid to MAPA, amongst other demands.
Early estimates indicate that over 60,000 engaged citizens may participate in the strike, which is expected to take place in over 400 cities, representing more than 80 countries. The event is hosted by Fridays for Future and expected to attract a young demographic, in line with previous events organized by the movement.
But striking isn’t the only way to tackle climate justice. If you’re looking for alternative pathways to get involved in climate action, EIT Climate-KIC offers several programmes grounded in systems thinking and innovation.
For example, Climathon is just around the corner! Over 180 cities around the world - including those in MAPA regions - will host digital and in-person ideathons during Climathon Week from 25-31 October.
Find your Climathon, bring collective action to your city, and fight for a safer and more inclusive future: climathon.climate-kic.org/en/find-your-climathon/