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150 Countries Participate in Global Climate Strike

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With rising awareness on climate change, the world is standing together today to speak up against the phenomena. In order to show their solidarity towards the cause, Global Climate Strike is organized to coincide with the United Nations Climate Week activities in the NewYork City.

The Strike is a weeklong series of walkout protests and other street actions, beginning on September 20, organized through the #FridaysforFuture movement. The movement has attracted more than 2,500 participating events globally with about 150 countries participating in it.

Top corporates of the world have also shown their support to this strike. Lush, the organic cosmetics company has in fact closed operations in all of its shops, offices and factories to mobilise over 5000 employees to participate in the climate strike. Apart from this, Amazon, Amnesty International, Change.org, Patagonia are among the other companies who have shown their support for the strike.

Apart from this, Over 1,000 websites and companies are joining the Digital Climate Strike in response to the call-to-action from young people around the world.

Modelled after massive online protests like the SOPA strike and the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, the Digital Climate Strike will raise visibility about the upcoming youth-led global climate strike. Many of these largest websites in the world are participating, such as Imgur, Tumblr, and WordPress, by spreading the word on social media, donating ad space, or putting banners on their websites to announce the strikes.

While there is not a lot of participation seen from the corporates of India in this massive global event, it marks an important next step because it focuses on climate change, an issue that a first glance, does not seem to directly affect the operation of internet and tech sector companies. However, climate change does have an impact on every business at least indirectly, and these risks ripple out to impact millions of tech users, customers and clients.