Calling all climate activists! calling everyone!
On Friday, September 20th, please join people of all ages--especially our young people--across the world in a Global Climate Strike. We'll be answering the call from 16-year old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, to drop what we are doing and take action. The earth is literally on fire. We’ll call on our elected officials and leaders to act with the sense of urgency the climate crisis demands.
Wherever you are on the Cape there’s a nearby action planned. And if you can’t find one close enough, start your own strike, Greta style. Scroll down the list to see the lineup of actions planned so far:
What: Stand-in at the Cape Cod Commission
When: Friday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Cape Cod Commission, 3225 Main Street, Barnstable
Assemble at the Cape Cod Commission to demand the Commission amend its Regional Policy Plan (RPP)--the document that sets the guidelines for future development on Cape Cod--to actually reflect the scale, scope and urgency of the climate crisis. Bring signs and wear a life jacket or a yellow raincoat (hood up, Greta-style) to signify the life-threatening emergency we face here on Cape Cod and everywhere. Co-sponsored by: 350 Cape Cod, Upper Cape Women's Coalition, Sierra Club of Cape Cod, Coalition for Social Justice, Engage Falmouth, Citizens’ Climate Lobby South Shore/Cape Cod, WILFP.
What: Write Your Cape Cod Commission Representative
When: Starting now
Write a letter to encourage your town’s Commission member to consider 350 Cape Cod's RPP amendments NOW, not in 2020! The proposed RPP amendments would:
• Align the Cape’s growth policy with state climate goals
• Promote electric vehicles, solar energy, tree planting, energy efficient building construction, and more
• Accelerate progress toward 100% renewable energy
Send it care of Jon Idman, Commission’s chief regulatory officer, at email@example.com—to highlight the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for the Commission to take a leadership role. Sponsored by: 350 Cape Cod.
What: Ring In Climate Justice: A Cape-Wide Faith-Based Bell Ringing Action
When: Friday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. sharp - bells/chimes/drums for 11 minutes
Where: Churches, synagogues, Quakers and other faith communities across the Cape.
Faith communities will ring out in unison “at the 11th hour” to signify the last possible moment to take action. The following communities have pledged to 'ring in justice' for 11 minutes at 11 am on September 20th:
Cotuit Federated Church
Dennis Union Church
Federated Church of Hyannis
Federated Church of Orleans
First Church Sandwich, UCC
First Congregational Church of Falmouth
First Congregational Church of West Tisbury/UCC
First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist Church
First Parish Church UCC Truro
North Falmouth Congregational Church
Osterville United Methodist Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Harwich Port
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Falmouth
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Chatham
St. John's Episcopal Church, Sandwich
South Congregational Church, Centerville
12:00 hour long seminar on “Spirituality and the Environment”
6:00 PM Prayers for the Planet, Craigville Beach (Osterville side)
Unitarian Church of Barnstable
Unitarian Universalist Falmouth Fellowship
Unitarian Universalist Meeting Housing Chatham
West Falmouth United Methodist
Waquoit Congregational Church
Yarmouth Quaker Meeting
Sponsored by: Faith and Climate Environmental Network, 350CapeCod
*For more information or to add your faith community to “Ring in Climate Justice” please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Climate Strike and “Die In” at Falmouth Village Green
Friday Sept. 20 10:30 - 11:30am (arrive at 10:15) Note: this event replaces the Teach-in at Falmouth Public Library
Where: Falmouth Village Green, Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
Stand out at the Falmouth Village Green. Hear remarks from Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket and George M. Woodwell, founder of the Woods Hole Research Center, the #1 climate change think tank, and Sue Natali, 500 Women Scientists. Wear a life jacket for emphasis. At precisely 11 am, we’ll hold a “die in” lasting for 11 minutes, while bells from our area churches and faith congregations signal it’s the “11th hour” to take climate action. Opportunities for postcard writing to legislators. Co-sponsored by: Coalition for Social Justice, Upper Cape Women's Coalition, Engage Falmouth, M2R Falmouth and Sandwich, and 350 Cape Cod.
What: Global Climate Strike: Take a Stand as Sea Level Rises
When: Saturday Sept. 21, 11 am
Where: Multiple Locations in Falmouth - see below
Details: Join an action at one of four, iconic Falmouth locations. We’ll be holding signs marking the fearsome levels that seas are expected to rise. Wear a life-jacket and bring sign with your personal message of why you strike. Talk to local activists and neighbors about the undeniable urgency of the climate crisis, and what we can do. Opportunities to write, call or visit your elected leaders and advocate for the change we need.
Clinton Ave. & Scranton Ave. - Flooded by 2030
Surf Drive & Shining Sea Bikeway - Flooded by 2040
Falmouth Mall - Flooded by 2050
Falmouth Village Green - Flooded by 2100
Details on the Facebook event
Sponsored by Engage Falmouth, Coalition for Social Justice, 350CapeCod, M2R, and Upper Cape Women’s Coalition.
A demonstration every Friday at 9:00 am in front of the school.
What: CAPE COD CLIMATE STRIKE - A STUDENT-LED ACTION
When: 10 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2019
Where: Mill Creek Park, Sandwich
Details: A high school student-led rally where students, teachers, scientists, musicians, and politicians from our community will discuss their concerns and demands for a more progressive and green future.
What: Climate Call for Action
When: Friday 9/20 at 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: In front of Dennis Town Hall, 685 Rte 134, South Dennis. Plenty of parking.
Details: The Climate Call for Action relates to the Faith Based Community Bell Ringing at 11 AM on 9.20. There are currently 27 faith-based organizations from Sandwich to Provincetown ringing their bells at the 11th hour. The bell ringing symbolizes our support and encouragement for the Cape youth to become active participate in climate actions on the Cape on 9.20 and in the future.
The Dennis rally is a multi generational and family friendly action located on the lawn of the Dennis Town Hall, 685 Route 134, South Dennis at 5:30. We will stand in solidarity until 6:30. People are encouraged to bring their own signs that express their feelings, ideas and/or demands regarding the climate crises.
We are currently working on identifying DY students (and others) who would like to participate in the planing and organization of this action. Contact email@example.com for further information.
Demonstration in front of the town hall and the school, every Friday from 8-10:30 am and from 12-1pm. For information, contact Odin Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Cape Kids Speak Out: Tell Us How You Feel About Climate Change
When: Friday, September 20, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Where: Outdoors at the Truro Community Center, 7 Standish Way, North Truro
Details: Kids and teens: What do you want to say to your parents, teachers, and politicians about climate change, Cape Cod, and the Earth? Adults: What do you want to say to the young people of Truro, Wellfleet, and Provincetown? Come and be heard in a fun, creative event on the day of the Global Climate Strike initiated by Greta Thunberg and kids around the world. There will be materials and time for you to put your message on a sign and have it seen by everyone else. There will also be snacks, music, and celebration! Feel free to prepare by talking with your peers about what you'd like to say, and making signs in advance if you wish. RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cape-kids-speak-out. For more information, email: email@example.com. Sponsored by: Indivisible Outer Cape.
YOUR TOWN HALL
What: Start your own Climate Emergency Action
Where: Your Town Hall
Keep it simple. Greta requests that people strike in front of their closest town hall, every Friday. With a sign, take a picture and post it with the hashtags #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike. Bonus points if you invite friends; call a local reporter; and share photos your action on social media. Find or register your event at: www.fridaysforfuture.org. Sponsored by: FridaysForFuture.org and wholeheartedly supported by 350 Cape Cod.
Please carpool, bike or walk to the events, spread the word widely!
P.S. Check out these great sign ideas: https://capecodclimatestrike.weebly.com/sign-ideas.html