For Immediate Release, September 20, 2019

Contact:

Rebecca Fuoco, (213) 785-5409, rfuoco@biologicaldiversity.org

Center for Biological Diversity Strikes for Climate Action

TUCSON, Ariz.— More than 600 Climate Strike events are taking place today across the country. The event is the latest manifestation of the global youth climate strike movement, inspired by Greta Thunberg’s #FridaysforFuture, and is led by youth organizers. The Center for Biological Diversity is supporting and participating in strikes across the country, from Honolulu and Portland, Ore. to New York City, Tucson, Ariz. and beyond.

“It’s incredibly inspiring to see so many young people in the streets fighting for the future of the planet,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re proud to stand with these courageous climate leaders calling for science-based policies that end the dirty fossil fuel era, protect wildlife and people and save life on Earth.”

The Center is a member of the adult coalition supporting today’s strike. This day of action is in support of strong, specific demands, including: a halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately; a Green New Deal and phase out of all fossil fuel extraction; respect for indigenous land and sovereignty; environmental justice; protection and restoration of biological diversity and implementation of sustainable agriculture.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.