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Shoe strikes for a climate-smart restart

On Saturday 25 July, shoe strikes for the climate will be arranged in at least 21 places in Sweden (see all locations below). The first national shoe strike was carried out on 30 May. Since then, there have been shoe strikes for the climate on the last Saturday of each month. This time also together with the USA and Canada.

The grassroots initiative comes from SaturdaysForFuture (SFF) and local FridaysForFuture (FFF) associations. The shoe strike wants the stimulus and support packages in the wake of the corona pandemic to be climate-smart and contribute to a sustainable and safe society.

– When our society is started up again in the suites of the corona pandemic, there must be a restart that stops climate change. At a time when people are not allowed to gather in large groups, the shoe strike is a way to remind politicians how urgent it is to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. The alternative is rampant climate change, that large parts of the planet become uninhabitable and hundreds of millions of people are forced to flee, says Petra Palmén at SaturdaysForFuture and initiator of the strike.

For a few months, all efforts have been made to combat covid-19 in many countries. But in the shadow of the pandemic, the world is also in the middle of a climate crisis. The shoe strikes want to contribute to a debate on how the economic crisis and support packages should be designed. The shoe strikes are carried out in at least 21 places around the country.

– We need to choose the “new” normal after the crisis, because the previous normal led us to a global warming. Emissions need to be significantly reduced and we citizens need help choosing sustainable alternatives, says Anna Bokström, climate activist at FridaysForFuture Malmö.

– Even if emissions have decreased due to quarantine regulations, there is a great risk that economic stimuli will lead to increased emissions again. For Sweden to reach the Paris Agreement, emissions must be reduced by 16 percent per year, says Jacqueline Karvik at FridaysForFuture Lidköping.

To respect the authorities’ recommendations, the initiators urge the participants to carry out the shoe strike alone or together with others, with a maximum of 6-8 people per place. Everyone is urged to avoid crowds given the coronavirus.

Here are the Shoe strikes arranged (new ones are added regularly):

Båstad, Eskilstuna, Halmstad, Järna, Kalmar, Karlskrona, Katrineholm, Leksand, Lidköping, Lund, Malmö, Munkedal (24/7), Norberg, Tanum, Uppsala (24/7), Varberg (24/7), Östersund, Oskarshamn.
In Stockholm:
 Örnsberg, Blackeberg och Medborgarplatsen

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