Get inspired by Canada’s climate strikers
As an auntie to a bright, passionate, nature-loving kid, I am committed to doing what I can to ensure a livable climate for him. Do you share that same commitment for yourself and the young ones in your life?
If so, check out Canada’s student climate strikes on May 3.
I do a lot in my own life to reduce my impact on the climate, but there’s only so much we can do as individuals and families. We need our politicians to act.
Kids from all over the world have been coming together with a rallying cry, striking for bold climate leadership from politicians. They are also asking adults to vote for climate action in the fall federal election.
Millions of kids around the world came together on March 15 for an inspiring day of action. The next Canada-wide strike will take place on May 3.
What can you do?
Talk to the kids in your life about climate change and support them if they want to strike. Help them make signs that express how they feel about climate change. They can bring these to the strike. Here and here are some examples. Find out where strikes are happening. Read what David Suzuki has to say about the youth-led movement. Spread the word about the climate strikes on social media. Go to the strikes in your community in support of the students. Respect that this movement is youth-led. Don’t steal their thunder, but cheer them on from the sidelines. Share your strike experience and pictures on social media using #fridaysforfuture and #climatestrike and send them to elected representatives and local news outlets.
Importantly, strikes are not the end goal. Climate action is. To stay connected for more action, sign on to the students’ open letter demanding that all political parties have a comprehensive and bold plan for climate justice. Once you do, you’ll hear from the students about more opportunities for action.
I’ll leave you with the words of Aliénor Rougeot, one of the Toronto student strike organizers:
“Every single action matters and we need all hands on deck.”
Climate and Clean Energy Public Engagement Specialist
David Suzuki Foundation