Though you might realise that action on climate change is important, and might want to go beyond personal lifestyle change, you might also not know where to start. There are lots of campaign groups out there, but either you might not be the campaigning type, or you might not know which one to look at first. It can all be quite overwhelming! With this in mind, we developed some tips on how you can get involved with the Women’s Climate Strike movement.
You might think that ‘striking’ is not for you. But here at WCS, we say that a strike can be from paid or unpaid work, it can be striking up a conversation, striking a target, or offering a striking image. We want to get creative about the ways people can get involved with this ‘strike’ movement. With this in mind, here are five ways to get involved:
#1 Take a strike (of protest) and let us know about it. This strike can be from paid or unpaid work, can be in public or at home, and can be just you or with a group. Take a picture of you on your strike/protest, with your message. Send it to us. We will strike the politicians (local or national) or businesses (again, local or national) you want to target with your message, on twitter, and we will make sure that they continue to hear about your message, for as long as you want. Your protest can be creative or simple. It can be some words written on a piece of paper or an elaborate cross stitch! You might even want to do some form of public art, or else chalk your message on the pavements, instead of (or as well as!) putting your face to the protest. In whatever format, and wherever it is delivered, your message matters and we will share it.
For all (regardless of gender):
#2 Share our pictures and our call-out (see website and twitter pages: www.womensclimatestrike.com and http://twitter.com/womenscs) with women you know – this enables others who want to be involved to get involved.
#3 Strike your political representative with your words! Write a note or letter to them either about the climate crisis in general (if you haven’t already), or else about how climate catastrophe is affecting women now and how it is likely to affect women in the future. See here: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-climate-change-affects-women/ and here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43294221
#4 Strike up a conversation with somebody about the climate crisis, whom you would not usually talk to about it. Listen to their responses and keep it open and friendly. Even if you disagree, it is important to keep the topic in public consciousness by chatting about it with anybody who wants to. If you don’t know an answer to a question, just say so – you don’t have to be an expert to talk to other people about things that affect us all.
#5 Support a strike in your area, by taking down refreshments, creative contributions, or practical resources (e.g. fold-y chairs, masks). If there is no strike in your area, and you don’t want to organise one, then ask nearby strikes if you can help with monetary resources or spreading the word.