In this climate strikes update, we’ll share about

  • Local spokesperson recruitment

  • Training webinars (starting next week!)

  • The digital resource hub (including how to register your action/s)

  • Climate strikes arts kit

  • Workplace organizing tips

Local Spokesperson Recruitment

The US Communications Team is requesting spokespeople for your group! Stories have immense power: they spring us into action, connect us across differences, and catalyze concrete change in our communities. As stories matter, so do storytellers! We are requesting 1-3 spokespeople willing to talk to the media from your group/local climate strike.

Please review the Justice & Equity Principles in Storytelling when determining your spokespeople.

Spokespeople are:

  • People with powerful and diverse lived experiences willing to share their stories with the press, as well as to 350’s broader base (via email, social media, etc);

  • Storytellers and representatives of your community & your local Climate Strike;

  • Diverse in race, gender, age, lived experience, and more;

  • Have given consent to serve as a spokesperson before submitting the form.

Spokespeople are not: always the same person as your local group leaders or communications leads (who are tasked with pitching stories to the media, writing press materials, etc.).

What will happen after you complete the spokesperson form? If we get an inquiry about specific actions, particularly in your area, the 350 Comms Team will directly reach out and connect your spokesperson/people with reporters. We’d also love to be in touch around spokesperson training, amplifying any writing spokespeople might do, and more! In addition, our digital team might reach out to see if your spokesperson would be interested/willing to share a quote, photo, and more so we can amplify stories and work across the US.

Questions about spokespeople? Please contact Lindsay Meiman, Senior U.S. Communications Specialist (lindsay@350.org).

 

Climate Strike Training Webinars

We’re hosting five webinars to help prepare for this major mobilization and to share skills, provide key tools and resources, and the support of peer learning. These will take the place of our regularly scheduled local 350 group calls in August and September.

All of the webinars will be on Wednesdays at 5 pm PT/ 8 pm EST. In order to build in enough time for discussion, we’re asking everyone to set aside 1.5 hours for each webinar, though some may be shorter.

Register here for any/all of these trainings. (You DO need to register again if you have joined the monthly local group calls previously.)

August 14th: Centering Equity & Justice (including how to best support youth leadership) in Climate Strike Organizing

August 21st: Communications & Digital Tools for Climate Strike Organizing (communications leads and spokespeople especially encouraged to join!)

August 28th: Utilizing the Strikes to Build Our Movement: Strategies for Leadership Development & Plugging People In Post-Sept 20th

September 4th: Know Your Rights to Stand Up for Climate Justice! (with the Civil Liberties Defense Center)

September 11th: Opportunities & Challenges: Bring your ideas and questions around Sept 20th-27th Organizing

People involved with climate strike organizing who are not local 350 group members are welcome to participate–please spread the word. Contact Deborah Rosenstein with questions (deborah@350.org).

 

Digital Resource Hub

The digital resource hub is your go-to doc for details of setting up your event(s), sample social media content and emails, shareable videos, and more.

 

Climate Strike Arts Kit

Powerful imagery helps our actions speak even louder–check out the arts kit here!

 

Workplace Organizing Tips

The workplace organizing section of this toolkit includes several resources to support outreach to workers, including organized and non-union.

 

Thank you for all of your work,

Lindsay and Michelle for the climate strike organizing team