For eight days, citizens from all across the globe have been taking a stand in a Global Climate Strike, demanding dramatic and urgent action to fix the global climate crisis. This movement is being led by young people, who are fighting for their futures and the future of the planet.

The BC Federation of Students stands in solidarity with these young leaders, and with climate activists across the world. Climate justice must include a bold plan to fight the climate crisis, investments into communities struggling with undrinkable water and pollution, self-determination for Indigenous Peoples, and investments into clean energy technologies. Young people like Autumn Peltier, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, and Greta Thunberg, have raised awareness and created a global movement, with folks from all walks of life demanding climate justice for all.

Millions of people around the world have been taking action during this Strike. We encourage all students in BC to be apart of this important action, and join the Global Climate Strike: hit the streets, join a march or rally, and be loud on social media. This is the time to show politicians, the media, corporations, and leaders everywhere that we won’t wait any longer for change – it has to happen now! Find a local climate strike here.

For those who aren’t able to attend a climate strike, you can still take action. We’re in the midst of a federal election – you can use the Canadian Labour Congress’ campaign tool to email party leaders to tell them you want them to commit to bold action on climate justice. Or you can write a letter to the editors of local papers to keep the issue a top priority in your community.

We all have the right to live in a province, country, and world where the physical, social, and mental well-being of the people are valued more than the profits of corporations. Let’s show our governments that BC students are a part of the fight to demand action and climate justice now. Our futures depend on it.