#ShutDownDC

Earth Day to May Day

April 22 - May 1

Shut Down Business As Usual

On April 22, 2020 when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we will find ourselves just ten years from plunging irreversibly into a catastrophic climate crisis driven by fossil fuels that threatens our collective survival. Young people all around the world are calling for everyone to mark this occasion by taking to the streets, joining strikes, and organizing other protests to demand serious action to confront the climate crisis. 

 

In the 9 days stretching from the start of the climate strikes on Earth Day, through May Day (International Workers Day) we will take aim at the interlocking systems that are creating the crises our communities are suffering from and build a collaborative framework for a healthier, more just and more sustainable world.  

April 22-24 -- Youth Leading on Climate 

Between April 22 and 24 young people are organizing a robust series of events ranging from school strikes to civil disobedience on Capitol Hill. Our friends fighting to cut off the money pipeline to the fossil fuel industry will also be taking mass action confronting banks and other financial institutions during that window. We will support and lift up these activities and while leaving space for youth to lead in this important moment.  

 

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April 27-May 1 -- #ShutDownDC 

Throughout the week of April 27th we’ll shut down business as usual with disruptive actions each day, culminating in a mass mobilization that brings the nation’s capital to a halt on May 1. Each day of the week will focus on a theme to highlight the ways that the climate crisis threatens our communities and lifts up our opportunities to build resilient alternatives.

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Our Demands

#ShutDownDC affinity groups have adopted the demands put together by the Strike With US youth-led coalition. 

 

A Green New Deal

  • Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs.A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately

Respect of Indigenous Land and Sovereignty

  • Honor the treaties protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing, and permitting for resource extraction, processing and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands

  • Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people

Environmental Justice

  • A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution

  • Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity

 

Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity

  • Protection and restoration of 50% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030

Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture

  • Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture