For Immediate Release, September 20, 2019

Contact:    Julia Williams, (970) 948-1439,  

Denver Climate Strike Draws 7,500 People Demanding Bold Climate Action

Climate Strikers Take Over Downtown Denver with Protest & Light Projection on Capitol Building

DENVER – Organizers of today’s climate strike in Denver estimate that more than 7,500 people left school, workplaces and homes to demand bold climate action and an end to the age of fossil fuel fuels on the steps of the State Capitol. Today’s strike will be followed up with a light projection on the Capitol building tonight at 7:45 p.m. with the text  “Climate Action Now – No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure.”

“Today, Colorado saw youth strength at full force! We came together as one united voice to demand action to fight the climate crisis, and stand up to corruption! Today, Colorado got to see what we are made of, and we are just getting started” said Michele Weindling and Nick Tuta of the Sunrise Movement. 

“This was the most beautiful unification of the human telos I have ever experienced. Watching this develop from a few beautiful people, to 5,000 was such an empowering experience. I think the day went unbelievably well, and am excited for what the future holds for all of us,” said Liam Grove, 16, Denver. 

Strikes took place in over 30 Colorado cities and towns, drawing hundreds more participants at events in Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Durango. Statewide the demands to Colorado leaders were clear, an end all fossil fuel expansion, a rapid and equitable transition to 100% renewable energy, and for fossil fuel companies to be held responsible for the damage they have caused. During the Denver strike, youth organizers submitted their demands to Gov. Jared Polis and gathered signatures on a petition supporting the calls for climate action. 

Faith leaders, educators, labor, elected officials, and activists joined youth leaders for the morning march from Union Station to the Capitol. Indigenous leaders led the march with song and prayer. Marchers sported signs, chants, and song, as businesses including Patagonia and Lush closed their doors to join.  Pictures from the events are available here for media use.

“Today’s strikes were only the beginning, for the next nine days hundreds will join escalated actions across the state. This week is not just about one moment, it is about building momentum to create an unstoppable movement,” said Julia Williams of 350 Colorado. 

The Denver strike kicks off a week of events (Sept. 21-29) as part of the Global Climate Strike & Week of Actions. The week features daily actions including mass marches and rallies, teach-ins, light projections, and nonviolent direct action. During the week of action, participants will come together to halt fossil fuel projects; strengthening multi-generational, multiracial, movements fighting for justice to stop the bad and build the new. Information about the week’s events can be found here;

The weeklong movement surrounds the UN Climate Summit being held on September 23 in New York, which aims to meet the climate challenge by accelerating actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Colorado strikes are a part of more than 5,000 strikes in over 150 countries, and the movement is set to be the largest climate mobilization in history. 

“The sheer amount of participation today is a testament to the fear and concern of Coloradans statewide about the climate crisis. Many students received unexcused absences from school to participate in the strike so they could demand that Colorado leaders, including Governor Jared Polis take action on climate,” said Jan Rose of Denver/Boulder Climate Reality Project. 

The Sept. 20 Climate Strike is supported by:  

SEIU – 105

11th Hour Calling

350 Colorado

500 Women Scientists

Aspen Snowmass

Be the Change USA

Boulder CAN


Boundless in Motion and Boulder Ecodharma Sangha

Catholic Network US

Center for Biological Diversity

Clean Energy Action

Climate Courage, LLC

Climate Reality Project

Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate

Colorado Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Colorado Renewable Energy Society

Colorado Rising

Denver Metro Sierra Club

Earth Focus Group

Earth Guardians – Boulder & CO Climate Strikes

Eco-Justice Ministries

Environment Colorado

Erie Protectors

Extinction Rebellion Denver

Extinction Rebellion Fort Collins

Food & Water Watch

Fort Collins Sustainability Group

Global Greengrants Fund Inc



Indivisible Denver

International Indigenous Youth Council – Denver

Keep Colorado Green

Lookout Alliance

Moms Clean Air Force

Mothers Out Front- Colorado

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)

Patagonia – Denver & Boulder Stores

Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission

Protect Our Winters

Renewables Now Loveland

Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center

Sunrise – Boulder/Denver

Sunrise – Colorado Springs

The Climate Mobilization

The Wilderness Society

Wall of Women Colorado

What the Frack? Arapahoe

WildEarth Guardians

Wind & Solar Denver

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Greeley Chapter

& More