Old enough to strike but too young to vote: A message from three youth climate activists

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Youth climate strikers. From left to right: Emma-Jane Burian, Zoe Keary-Matzner, and Sophia Mathur, alongside Greta Thunberg Youth climate activists Emma-Jane Burian, Sophia Mathur, and Zoe Keary-Matzner have spent months preparing for this moment. On Sept. 27, people across Canada and around the world will take to the streets in a global climate strike . It’s the second of two worldwide days of action, timed just before and right after the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Emma-Jane (16, of Victoria, B.C.), Sophia (12, of Sudbury, Ont.), and Zoe (also 12, of Toronto, Ont.) are Fridays for Future leaders in their hometowns. As part of a world-wide network of youth taking action, they’ve organized, led, and given speeches at their local rallies since the movement first came to Canada. Up until this point, their focus has been on mobilizing students. The Sept. 27 strike, however, will be different. This time, everybody’s invited. Here at Ecojustice, staff from our offices across the country are planning to show their solidarity with the Fridays for Future strikers by attending demonstrations in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. We’ve also been thinking about how we can support the movement beyond Sept. 27. In the […]

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