Sterling College Stands in Solidarity with Global Climate Strikers on Sept. 20
Announces Website & Social Media Blackouts and Canceled Day of Classes
September 19, 2019 • Craftsbury Common, Vt. • Millions of people around the world are expected to walk out of school and work on Friday, September 20 to participate in a coordinated global climate strike. Sterling College, in solidarity with strikers, will suspend classes on September 20, and have a 24-hour website and social media blackout. Visitors to these sites during the blackout will be greeted with a statement from the College regarding the strike.
The goal of the youth- and student-led strike is to raise awareness about the climate emergency and exert pressure on leaders in business and government to act to address ecological crises. The Environmental and Social Justice Club (ESJC), a student organization at Sterling College, is organizing students to participate in strikes in Burlington, Montpelier and Craftsbury Common. The group also held a poster-making and information-sharing session ahead of Friday’s strike.
Sterling College, along with over 180 businesses and institutions including Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and Patagonia, has also signed onto a joint statement ahead of the September 20th Climate Strikes to express support and call for an end to the age of fossil fuels. These businesses have committed to being accountable for and reducing their impact on the planet.
Sterling, whose mission is to advance ecological thinking and action, was the first college to divest from fossil fuels in Vermont in 2013 and among the first in the country. Sterling announced a 10-year strategic initiative this summer, committed to preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. President Matthew Derr has publicly called out these crises.
For more information, please visit https://www.sterlingcollege.edu/climate-change/
Contact: Katie Lavin, Director of Media Relations, Sterling College 802.586.7711 x120 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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