Shoe Strike for Climate Justice

By edhat staff

A “Shoe Strike for Climate Justice” demonstration showing the importance of action against climate change was held this past weekend.

The Society of Fearless Grandmothers Santa Barbara, in cooperation with 350SB and the Greta Thunberg Fridays for Future international organization, sponsored the strike on Saturday at the County Administration Building at 105 E. Anapamu in Santa Barbara.

The “shoe strike” was a COVID-19 safe demonstration without the need for a large in-person gathering. Modeled on the SkoStrejk movement that started in Sweden, the strike is now spreading across the world by displaying shoes to represent the people who, but for the pandemic, would be demonstrating in the streets.

Shoe strikes are being held worldwide on the last Saturday of each month to raise awareness of the need for Climate Justice and to demand that elected officials at every level of government take immediate action to address the climate crisis and the social and economic impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. These two unprecedented crises require unprecedented action to protect our citizens and our planet, according to organizers.

The organizers demand local elected officials at all levels to deny any new permits for fossil fuel projects, focus responses to the COVID-19 crisis on a just transition from the fossil fuel economy; protect people and the environment — not corporate profit; and end systemic oppression to stop the long history of racial and economic injustice.

Edhat Staff

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  1. I have an idea….Lets lay out a bunch of shoes made in 3rd world sweat shops…. and demand officials deny fossil fuel projects, protect people and the environment, end systemic oppression to stop the long history of racial and economic injustice.

  2. Did you know clothes are a huge contributor to global warming and pollution? I know I didn’t. Apparently clothing is “disposable “ in people’s minds, fashions change, people grow bored of their clothes or they’re made poorly and fall apart.
    I donate my old clothes, used to feel good.
    But did you know that if the clothes aren’t sold or taken within 30 days they go to landfills.
    They are a huge part of landfills.

  3. Are you so bored at home that you can only waste our time with your mean-spirited rants against organized, COVID-respectful, and wiser-than-their years petitioners for climate justice? Or do large-scale crises have you jaded? Ha. They got our attention, didn’t they? BRAVI. Without having to violate pandemic precautions. BRAVI again. I’d say they got you beat any day for doing something meaningful. Besides: their organizations do more than whine about our future.

  4. This is why I now HATE the cool-aid–it is so effectively insane (which is now the operative word for COVID consequences. Create a shoe protest mob so your party is a shoe-in?
    I guess we forget we are the BEST in the world already curbing global issues–and these shoes just demonstrate how desperate Grandmas have fallen are to get rid of their old shoes since they can not longer wear them to events of any kind. No people in front of the courthouse? –bet the Judges are happy — prevents the need for “soul/sole” searching after judgments.

  5. Or let’s do nothing and keep burning fossil fuels and watch our world disintegrate into never ending forest fires, hurricanes, extreme rainfall, and droughts. What do I care, as long as I have an internet connection and shows to binge-watch?

  6. And polyester clothes are the worst! They contribute a lot of nanoplastic pollution to the ocean. I think of that everytime I wear my collection of shirts from the State Street mile, which are made of, you guessed it, polyester!

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