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"Selling our future for their comfort and profit"

Fridays for the Future rally in Vancouver

October 25, 2019

Thousands filled the streets of downtown Vancouver today to protest government inaction on climate change. Greta Thunberg addressed the crowd with her usual charm and hard hitting attacks on the status quo. “Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market,” she told the crowd.

The audience was of all ages but was dominated by high school students who have been organizing “Fridays for the Future” climate strikes since the last school year.

Thunberg pointed the blame where it belongs, “it is like they [world leaders] are selling our future for their comfort and profit,” but, “we are starting to see through their lies and we will hold them accountable for their actions.”

Earlier today, 15 youth from across Canada announced that they are launching a lawsuit against the federal government of what is currently called Canada. The case seeks to hold Canada accountable for contributing to dangerous climate change and discriminating against youth. The 15 argue that they are already being harmed by climate change and that the federal government is violating their rights to life, liberty and security of the person under section 7 of the Charter and that it is also failing to protect essential public trust resources. The youth also allege that their government’s conduct violates their right to equality under section 15 of the Charter, since youth are disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change. They are being supported by Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation (CELL), David Suzuki Foundation and Our Children’s Trust.

The next Global Climate Strike is on Friday November 29. Build whatever action you can in your school, university or workplace. Even small actions bring us closer to the all out strike that it will take to put people and the planet ahead of profit.

 

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