Student Groups & Ways to Get Involved

(Listed in no particular order.)

1. The Sunrise Movement

Description of their group: “The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all peoples.”

It is a political action organization that was founded in 2017 and is classified as a nonprofit.

Their current campaigns include “Generation on Fire,” “Reclaim Summer: Win a GND for Public Housing,” “Good Jobs for All,” “We Are Wide Awake,” and “Reimagining Sunrise.”

How to get involved with Sunrise

  • Find a “hub” (local chapter of the group) near you –
  • Learn more about Sunrise by going to a Welcome Call –
  • Volunteer by phone banking with them –

2. Fridays for Future

Description of their group: “Fridays for Future is a youth-led and -organized global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. In the three weeks leading up to the Swedish election, she sat outside Swedish Parliament every school day, demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. She was tired of society’s unwillingness to see the climate crisis for what it is: a crisis.

To begin with, she was alone, but she was soon joined by others. On the 8th of September, Greta and her fellow school strikers decided to continue their strike until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2° C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement. They created the hashtag #FridaysForFuture, and encouraged other young people all over the world to join them. This marked the beginning of the global school strike for climate.

Their call for action sparked an international awakening, with students and activists uniting around the globe to protest outside their local parliaments and city halls. Along with other groups across the world, Fridays for Future is part of a hopeful new wave of change, inspiring millions of people to take action on the climate crisis, and we want you to become one of us!”

It was founded in 2018 and since had millions of people strike with the movement.

The Fridays for Future movement is also referred to as “FFF,” “School Strike for Climate,” “Youth for Climate,” “Climate Strike,” and “Youth Strike for Climate.”

How to get involved with Fridays for Future

  • Keep up to date on their latest news –
  • Learn more about school striking –

3. Earth Uprising

Description of their group: “Earth Uprising isn’t an organization. It’s a battle cry. We are young people across the world who won’t stay silent while our future is destroyed.”

It was founded in 2019 by Alexandria Villaseñor, who was only 14 at the time. She was inspired to take action by Greta Thunberg and the experiencing the 2018-2019 mass wildfires in California firsthand.

Their current campaigns include “Youth Speaks Summit 2021,” “Climate Question at the Presidential Debate,” “Ecosia x Earth Uprising: Microgrants,” and “quaranTEA. “

How to get involved with Earth Uprising

  • Joing Earth Uprising –
  • Keep up to date on their latest news, actions, and events –

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