On Friday 20 September, students and adults from all over the world will stand side by side for the biggest ever global #ClimateStrike.
The day of action follows on from the ‘School Strike for Climate’ held in March this year which saw more than 1.5 million students walk out of school to protest against government inaction on climate change.
The global mass day of action on Friday 20th September is estimated to see over 10,000 worldwide events go ahead and will also take place three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York.
Why are people taking action?
Climate Crisis is the greatest single threat to every living being on our planet.
If we don’t collectively act now to change behaviour and transition fairly and swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy access for all, the injustice of the climate crisis will affect current and future generations.
Don’t think it affects travel? Think again. In Australia and across the world, we’re witnessing prolonged drought, bushfire and wildfires, flash flooding, frequent ‘one in a century’ storms, severe cyclones and deadly heatwaves.
Who’s getting involved in travel?
This time around, individuals and businesses all over the world will join the #ClimateStrike with many Travel companies pledging to take action.
The Intrepid Group are closing down their entire operation globally to let their employees strike and have joined Australian based B-Corp business collective ‘This is not business as usual’ to unify their message.
‘This is not business as usual’ are a “group of Australian & global businesses pledging to support worker participation in the climate strike on September 20th.”
Their mantra is that “every business can do something, whether it’s closing the doors, having a meeting-free day, allowing a long lunch, or sending an email to make it clear teams will not be penalised for taking a few hours off.”
Other travel companies proudly getting involved include Intrepid Travel, Reho Travel, World Resorts of Distinction, Luxury Escapes, Chimu Adventures, GTI Tourism, We Are Explorers and African Wildlife Safaris.
Aside from also joining ‘This is not Business as Usual’, we too will be closing our doors at ‘Travel to Change The World‘ and Karryon.com.au to attend events in Byron Bay and Sydney because we believe wholeheartedly that taking a stand is the only way to enable change.
What will the positive impact be?
Thanks to the Global Climate Strike movement and ‘This is not Business as Usual’, there are already over 2500 Australian businesses closing their doors on Friday the 20th, putting the planet over profit and joining the Global #ClimateStrike.
But so far, it’s not all been plain sailing.
While there have been countless positive comments for companies pledging their allegiance to the #ClimateStrike, many of the above-mentioned travel brands have also reported trolling and hateful comments towards them, particularly on social media.
The naysayers and dinosaurs will and have had their say, which frankly is so ill-informed and ignorant they’re not worth even noting. The huge positives here are that millions of people are caring enough to do their bit to make a difference.
So to everyone in the travel industry doing something on Friday the 20th of September, we applaud and support you all in helping stand up for all our futures – And would like you to know that we’re with you all the way.
How can you find out more?
Check out the below links for more information on events and the #ClimateStrike foundation.
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