Digital climate strike

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The digital strike campaign under the hashtags #ClimateStrikeOnline and #DigitalStrike refers to the form of climate protests that are brought online, most visibly through posting pictures of signs to raise awareness and put pressure on institutions to act on climate change. First started by two Asian American activists in 2019 under #DigitalStrike, the campaign has quickly grown across the world after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shifted physical actions online.

History

The digital climate strike campaign first originated as a way for those who could not physically strike from school to become involved in the climate movement. Striking in person is not accessible to everyone, especially those in countries that don't allow physical protests, those who do not have transportation, or otherwise have restrictions. Starting from two people, the @fff.digital (IG) account slowly grew to about a hundred strikers per week by February 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak forced climate actions online.

After the first cases of a virus-induced lung disease occurred in 2019 called SARS-CoV-2, it developed into a worldwide pandemic in the following months. The risk groups include older people. Out of consideration for the risk groups, the local groups and working groups agreed to stop organising demonstrations and to cancel planned demonstrations in order to counteract the risk of infection. At the same time, there was agreement in the movement that protests should continue. As social media reaches a wide audience, Fridays for Future also now organizes its protests and actions on the web. This explains the names #ClimateStrikeOnline and #DigitalStrike. Among other things, it is currently (status: 04. April 2020) planned to organise the global climate strike on 20. 04. 2020 as a online strike. The online strike for the climate is carried out in different forms.

Forms of Action

  • Pictures of people with the hashtag #climatestrikeonline and a weekly hashtag such as #ActOnScience [1]
  • Videos
  • Livestreams [2]
  • Sharepics
  • Webinars

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