Climate change activists swapped credit cards for homemade signs, using Black Friday to call attention to the climate change “crisis,” with some activists holding a “Black Friday Funeral for the Future” in Washington, DC.
The youth climate change activist organization Zero Hour tweeted in anticipation of Friday’s protests.
“Today on #thanksgiving , we eat and convince our family members to join us in the fight for climate justice,” the organization wrote on Thursday. “Tomorrow, we don’t go #blackfriday shopping, instead WE STRIKE for climate action! ”:
Today on #thanksgiving 🍽, we eat and convince our family members to join us in the fight for climate justice.
Tomorrow, we don’t go #blackfriday shopping, instead WE STRIKE for climate action!
Find a #climatestrike near you 👇🏼 https://t.co/BGniPgUbSk pic.twitter.com/MpRnapNuxK
— Zero Hour (@ThisIsZeroHour) November 29, 2019
The group, as a whole, is demanding a Green New Deal, “environmental justice,” and “respect of indigenous land and sovereignty,” per its website.
Activists in Washington, DC, also planned to hold a “Black Friday Funeral For Future,” on Capitol grounds. The event also promised a funeral procession in order to “draw attention to the crisis and show that business, as usual, can not continue”:
Tomorrow we will be taking to the streets with @fridaysfuturedc to demand world leaders face the fact that we are in a #ClimateCrisis and it’s time for them to #ActNow. More info at https://t.co/QKrmjusmXx #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/lJ3YHcBsh7
— Extinction Rebellion Washington DC (@XRebelDC) November 28, 2019
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg also tweeted in support of the planned protests:
In September 7,5 million people around the world took to the streets. Tomorrow we’re doing it again. Everyone’s needed. Everyone’s welcome. Join us! #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike #schoolstrike4climate
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 28, 2019
As promised, protests popped up across the globe.
“We will be disrupting business as usual to make sure shoppers cannot ignore the climate emergency,” Lillie Schneyer, who reportedly helped coordinate Friday’s climate protest at the Water Tower Place mall in Chicago, Illinois, said.
Water Tower Place is an ideal setting for us to draw attention to the culpability of large corporations and fast fashion who have put profits for a greedy few ahead of the needs of many, contributing to catastrophic impacts on our climate and the rising inequality and poor working conditions that we see as twin crises in our country today.
NOW: Dozens of young people disrupt #BlackFriday shopping as usual in Chicago’s Water Tower Place to demand action on the #climatecrisis and to respect Indigenous rights! #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/TXayEkEqoK
— Charlie Jiang (@charlieyj12) November 29, 2019
Endless consumerism cannot be sustainable in a world with limited natural resources. We are using 1.7x Earth's biocapacity and growing each year. pic.twitter.com/RsLBZ6C1TM
— Extinction Rebellion NYC 🌎 (@XR_NYC) November 29, 2019
All around the world people are rising up to demand a safe and healthy planet for all of us. To everyone standing up – thank you.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 29, 2019
We’re marching for major, systemic change — no more excuses or delays!
— Leadnow (@leadnowca) November 29, 2019
After Friday (Jumu'ah) prayer some of our congregants, staff and school children from Al Mizan Primary School took to the streets to raise awareness on the #Climatecrisis on Whitechapel Road. #Climatechange #climatestrike #climateemergency #climatestrikes pic.twitter.com/auMcadRCAv
— East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre (@elondonmosque) November 29, 2019
— DW News (@dwnews) November 29, 2019
— Emily Blake (@BlakeEmily) November 29, 2019
— UMUCU (@UM_UCU) November 29, 2019
— Jake Woodier (@JakeWoodier) November 29, 2019
AMAZING!!! Check out that crowd! Over 50,000 out in Hamburg today. Rising up to demand our politicians #ActOnClimate
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 29, 2019
There's another global #ClimateStrike happening today, starting in Australia where thousands of young people sat in outside political party offices in Sydney & around the country to demand action.pic.twitter.com/JiCDhqEYWh
— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) November 29, 2019
— John Gibbons (@think_or_swim) November 29, 2019
Today inspiring young climate activists are taking to the streets as part of the international #ClimateStrike
The climate crisis threatens us all.
I'm proud to stand in support of those taking action & to have been awarded 100% by the Guardian for my environmental voting record pic.twitter.com/f9Z8HewRSs
— Richard Burgon (@RichardBurgon) November 29, 2019
— Terry Reintke (@TerryReintke) November 29, 2019
— Ellie Chowns MEP (@EllieChownsMEP) November 29, 2019