A Global Network of Animal Health Professionals Concerned About Climate Change and the Environment
My place of business, Veterinary Oncology Consultants, will be closed on Friday morning. It’s the Global Climate Strike and I’ll be there instead!
What is the Global Climate Strike?
Over the past year, millions of young people participated in school climate strikes to send a clear message that the climate crisis needs immediate attention.
This September, those same school students are calling on adults to join them on the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Millions of adults will walk out of their workplaces and homes to support solutions to the most important crisis facing our world. Find out more at: https://globalclimatestrike.net
Why we support hitting the streets for climate
Our climate is too important to ignore. All of us benefit from living in a healthy, stable climate. It’s what has allowed us to build inspiring businesses in the first place.
Kids really shouldn’t have to do this; but the unfortunate reality is, they do have to - so the least we can do is stand strong with them!
Are other businesses getting involved?
Yes! Over 1500 businesses have pledged to support their workers to strike too, through an alliance led by Future Super, called “Not Business As Usual”. There are too many to list here, but if you’re interested you can view the list at https://www.notbusinessasusual.co/.
Ways that these businesses have pledged to support their employees’ participation in the climate strike include
• The Government of the State of Victoria is allowing public servants to make flexible work arrangements to be able to go to the strike
• Future Super is closing the office for a day
• Atlassian’s employees are using a ‘Foundation Day’ (their CSR leave program) to join the strike
• Other organisations are holding a ‘no meetings’ day
So, I encourage you to answer the call from the young people of the world; go strike with them if you can and if not at least send a message of encouragement. And if you’re an employer, try to make it possible for your employees to go - obviously in veterinary medicine it's not always possible to let everyone go to a special event, but think about options like perhaps cutting back on appointments and only seeing emergencies and caring for inpatients. Lastly, please feel free to forward this information and encouragement to anyone else who's an employer that may be willing to step up to support employee participation in the climate strike.