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Why Specialized will be shutting down this Friday

The major American bike brand is joining the fight against climate change

Joe Robinson
19 Sep 2019

Specialized is going to join the fight against climate change by closing its global headquarters and website on Friday 20th September.

The major American bike brand announced business will not be open as usual this Friday, shutting its doors in solidarity with the wave of youth activists protesting against the climate crisis during September.

While this move is unlikely to hinder punters like you and me, it's a considered move by the brand to help support a movement that should really be at the forefront of the world's thoughts currently.

The Global Climate Strike began a year ago when 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg led thousands of young people in walking out of school as a 'climate-strike'. By May of this year, 1.4 million children had walked out of school in protest.

The next planned global protest is this Friday, 20th September, with adults being urged to join their younger peers in what could be the world's biggest day of climate action in history. 

London will lay host to a rally outside the Houses of Parliament as well as smaller, local rallies across the city. Other major UK cities such as Bristol and Glasgow will also be holding their own protests.

Specialized will not be the only major corporation to join the fight with thousands of Amazon employees expected to walk out on Friday, too.

If reading this has inspired you to join the fight against our global climate emergency then visit the Global Climate Strike website here for more information on local rallies.

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