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Flash Survey Global Climate Strike September 24, 2021

Pizmony-Levy, Oren; Kessler, Erika Lyn

More than 2,000 students and climate activists participated in the Global Climate Strike on September 24, 2021, which was organized by the New York City chapter of Fridays For Future, a youth-led climate-advocacy group, during NYC Climate Week 2021. This PowerPoint summarizes results from a flash survey of young participants at the event (n=203). Participants were mostly young high school and college women (70%) who are on average 16 years old. About half (49%) of the sample is people of color. Over half (54%) participated in school climate strikes before the event, yet 3 out of 4 did not identify any organization contacted them to participate in the strike. Those who were contacted by organizations named Fridays for Future NYC, Sunrise and Our Climate as organizations they were affiliated with; these organizations are also the primary organizers of the strike, most central being Fridays for Future. Overall, we find that participants report learning about climate change and activism in their classrooms and feel supported in participating in climate action. We heard from participants that they are largely anxious, frustrated, fearful, and sad. We do find that their range of anxieties and frustration are also linked to feelings of hopefulness and determination.

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International and Transcultural Studies
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November 29, 2021