Early estimations report that over 7 million people participated in what Greta Thunberg and others are calling the #WeekforFuture, which included Climate Strikes and direct action around the world. Here in the US, I worked with the organizers of the Strike to survey the hosts of 633 of the events as well as collecting data in the crowd in Washington, DC on September 20th.
As I wrote in a piece in July 2019 based on earlier data, the youth climate movement in the US is populated by young people who cut their teeth in the American Resistance. Over half of participants in the DC Climate Strike (58%) had participated in the March for Our Lives and almost half (46%) had participated in the first Women’s March in 2017.
This weekend, I published a new piece that highlights how the young people who are participated in this growing climate movement are extremely civically engaged. “Three-quarters, or 76 percent, of the participants will be eligible to vote in the U.S. 2020 election. And their current levels of civic engagement strongly suggests they will vote.”