Dozens of companies are supporting climate activist Greta Thunberg in her Global Climate Strike protest on Friday. Here's what you should know, plus how to get involved in the cause.

Lauren Wicks
September 17, 2019

From Allbirds to WordPress, dozens of major companies across the country are temporarily closing shop—even online—for the sake of our environment this Friday, September 20. They are banding together in support of sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg and her Global Climate Strike protest happening in 117 countries around the world.

Inspired by Thunberg's 2018 protest, this year's event serves to raise awareness for the global climate change crisis leading up to the UN's annual Climate Action Summit. However, Thunberg and other protestors know these gatherings alone won't be enough to facilitate change.

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"These Climate Strikes won't solve the climate crisis alone," reads the Global Climate Strike website. "What this moment can do is demonstrate that people are no longer willing to continue with business as usual." And that's exactly what many companies are doing.

Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, posted an article on LinkedIn demanding action from companies and encouraging readers to join Friday's strike. All stores will be closed in support. More than a dozen other food and beverage companies are following suit in solidarity, listed below:

  • Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Folia Water
  • Hippie Snacks
  • MegaFood
  • Nature's Path Foods
  • Real Pickles
  • SerendipiTea
  • Sir Kensington's
  • Stonyfield
  • Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio
  • Toast Ale
  • Wiltse Kitchen

Even if you don't work for one of these companies—or there isn't a Global Climate Strike happening in your area—you can still fight for our environment this Friday! You can speak with your employer about closing down business for the day on Friday or ask if you can place informational posters or brochures about the global climate crisis in your building or office.

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If closing down shop isn't an option, you can still fight climate change individually. If you're able, you could take your bike or walk to work Friday—and whenever the weather permits—to conserve energy and reduce your use of fossil fuels. You can even show your solidarity for the environment with your fork—opting for local, organic produce and foods when possible. Find out more ways to fight climate change at home, here.

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