Three years ago, today, we helped bring out 20,000 people to the 2019 Portland Climate Strike Festival — the largest climate demonstration in our city to date.
This huge turn-out put pressure on the city to take meaningful climate action. Portland climate organizations and activists kept up momentum from that strike, pushing us towards major wins in climate campaigns. In the years since the 2019 strike, we all collectively stopped fossil fuel infrastructure — from the Jordan Cove fracked gas pipeline to the Kalama Methanol Refinery — and passed key climate action bills to move us forward in a just transition.
So, let’s take this moment to remember, and to celebrate, all the work that’s gone into these wins over the past three years. We’ve still got a ways to go making Portland a city truly dedicated to climate action and resilience. But we know that we can accomplish amazing things when we come together. Let’s keep fighting for the just, healthy future we all deserve.
Youth climate activists developed the demands of the strike and saw it over the finish line, and their leadership has only grown in the years since. This Friday, Sept 23, the Portland Youth Climate Strike organizers are hosting a Climate Activism Mass Training, and we’d love for you to join us there.
Friday, Sept 23,10am-2:30pm — at Lincoln High School (1750 SW Salmon St.)
This will be a day in solidarity with the Global Youth Climate Strike, where folks can learn organizing skills and get involved in local climate campaigns. All ages are welcome, though middle and high school students are especially encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.