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Montana Strikes for the Climate

Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20-27Everyday we protect our children from all sorts of things: strangers, bullying, falling, making poor choices, hitting their heads, etc. We hover, we watch.  We try to give them the best. We worry about their future. Well, when it comes to protecting them from the climate crisis–what will be the fight of their lifetimes–we have a big job ahead of us, and we can’t put off action any longer.

On September 20, 2019, the world is set to strike for the climate. For Friday’s Global Climate Strike adults are called to join the momentum of student strikes, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, and come together to demand an urgent response to the climate crisis. If ever there was a time to begin your engagement on this issue, now is the time to join.

With strikes registered  for Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Kalispell, Polson, Butte, and Billings, communities across Montana will join this historic call-to-action and strike for a livable future. 

You can find all of the Montana events at GlobalClimateStrike.net. Scroll down to the map for finding events and enter “Montana” or your zip code to find events near you. (If you’re not represented here, consider initiating your own strike–strike events are actually planned for the entire week, 9/20 – 9/27, in many places. You can register your strike here.)

Here are a few highlights planned for September 20 from around the state:

BOZEMAN
Gallatin Valley Climate Strike, March and Rally
1:00 p.m. – Gather at Cooper Park
1:30 p.m. – March starts
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Rally at Bogert
Youth climate movements (SS4C, and Fridays for Future) around the world have asked us to stand with them in a day of protest for climate action. Join us Friday, September 20th for a Climate Strike, March, and Rally for a livable future. We will march, on sidewalks, from Cooper Park down 8th to Main Street and Main Street to Church Ave and up to Bogert Park. Feel free to join at any point along the way! Bring signs, sing songs, and let our community know that this is an issue we care about! A rally at Bogert will conclude the event with food, speeches, and musicians. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/gallatin-climate-strike

MISSOULA
10 a.m. – Rally at Caras Park – Organized by a group of high school and college students and young adults working together as PANIC!. Visit missoulaclimatestrike.org to learn more about the morning rally, and other student-oriented events on the 20th and the week that follows. 

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Demonstration at NorthWestern Energy – Gather with other concerned community members at NorthWestern’s Missoula office (1903 S Russell St) to “Sound the Alarm” and demand that the monopoly abandon its current plan to build a new generation of fossil-fuel generators and transition to 100-percent renewable energy by 2030. Led by 350 Montana.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – “Families Strike for Our Future” RallyJoin us at the County Courthouse at 200 West Broadway as middle-schoolers and families with young children will gather together to demand a sustainable future. Hear from these young leaders, and local activists and organizations about solutions and how to get involved in Missoula. There will be a children’s art area sponsored by Families for a Livable Climate. 

3 – 5 p.m. – Restoration project on Rattlesnake Creek – Plant trees, shrubs and help with seeding as part of a restoration project on Rattlesnake Creek. Organized by Families for a Livable Climate + Climate Smart Missoula and in partnership with Missoula’s Parks and Recreation Department. There is limited space so RSVPs are required for this event. RSVP to [email protected]

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Climate Action Montana “Parklet” Stop by the “parklet” at 111 North Higgins to learn more about Climate Strike activities, have conversations about climate, and engage in opportunities to call and write your elected officials. Sponsored by Climate Action Montana.

There will be many other community events in Missoula during the week that follows the Global Climate Strike, from September 20 – 28, including the Missoula Clean Energy Expo on the 28th, all about celebrating our clean energy present and future. For more community events during the entire Climate Strike week, September 20 – 28, visit climatestrikemissoula.org

HELENA
12:30 PM, Climate Strike Helena Rally, front steps of the City/County Building in Helena, 316 North Park Ave
Join a community rally at the City County building, asking our city leaders to begin a process to commit to 100% clean energy! Over 100 cities large and small around the county have made this kind of commitment – it’s time for Helena to as well! Embrace a vision of a healthier community powered with 100% clean, renewable energy. We are asking our Mayor & City Commission to get the ball rolling so Helena can one day be powered by 100% clean, renewable, and “just” energy!

3:45 p.m.,  Helena Kids Climate StrikeLockey Park, 1720 Lockey Ave
Strike from homework, strike from dishes and come play with us instead. We will be contacting our representatives to ask them to commit to a goal of 100% renewable energy. We will write postcards and color pictures to our national, state and local representatives

POLSON
12:00 p.m., Polson Global Climate Awareness GatheringLake County Courthouse, 106 4th Avenue East
We are the Mission and Flathead Valley community, young and old. We all believe that each of us has a moral obligation to do everything humanly possible to turn the tide on climate disruption. We are coming together on September 20th, 2019, @ 12 noon to 2:00 PM or beyond, for this action to stand in solidarity with millions around the globe.We are meeting in front of the Lake County Courthouse, and after some speakers, will walk a two area block. Heading west on 4th Street to Main, left there (south) to 5th Street, left there (east) back to the courthouse. Come join us. Together we can make a change.

Join us for the Global Climate Strike in Montana. When you take action, you create hope. My favorite quote about hope lately is this one from Rebecca Solnit, “To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward the possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart.” When it comes to my family, I am all in on a livable future. I hope you are too. Join us.

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About the author

Winona Bateman

Winona Bateman is a concerned Montana voter, founder of Montana group Families for a Livable Climate, wife, and mother to Ellis, who she hopes has a livable future.

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