Ecojustice Blog – Climate change Posted on May 1, 2019 (updated: May 1, 2019)

Fridays for Future: Strike for the future on May 3

Alan AndrewsLawyer
Youth climate strike and Vancouver Art Gallery
Photo by Emily Chan

From Tofino, B.C. to Charlottetown, P.E.I., youth from coast to coast will take to the streets on May 3.

Organizers across Canada have spent weeks planning a nation-wide school strike on this date. They’ll march on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, at Queen’s Park in Toronto and City Hall in Calgary, and to other strategic locations across the country.  See where and when strikes are happening and how you can participate.

Personally, I plan to join the crowd that will gather not far from the Ecojustice offices in Vancouver.

The plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery has a long history of hosting protests. But even though it’s witnessed more than a century of rallies and protests, I can’t help but feel that the national climate strike will be one for the history books.

I’ve been an environmental lawyer for more than a decade, first in the U.K. and now as the climate program director at Ecojustice. In all that time, I’ve never seen anything like Fridays for Future.

Today’s young people — and future generations, yet to be born — will inherit a changing world very unlike the one their parents and grandparents grew up with. They will bear the brunt of climate change — wildfires, floods, heatwaves — despite having the least responsibility for causing it or ability to stop it.

Ecojustice is committed to doing its part to tackle this injustice.

There’s a term for this: Intergenerational equity. It’s the idea that future generations must have a right to inherit a livable earth, including a safe and stable climate. To protect this right, older generations — whose members currently hold positions of power in our society — have a duty to act to prevent climate breakdown . Intergenerational equity is also one of the core principles that Ecojustice fights to uphold in court and embed in Canada’s climate laws.

We are in this fight together, and it will take all of our efforts to secure a climate-safe future for our children.

If you do join a strike on May 3, please consider some of the Fridays for Future Canada tips for making the events as successful as possible:

  • Youth out front, adults behind
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Use #FridaysForFuture, #ClimateStrike and #1point5C to share your experiences on social media

There are also other ways to support the movement. One of the most powerful opportunities to do this will be during the 2019 federal election.

While surveys show that today’s young people are more committed than ever to voting with the climate in mind, many of the students joining the national strike will be too young to vote this time around. If you’re 18 or older, you have the power and the responsibility to put the environment first on Oct. 21.

You can also show your support by sharing this message with family and friends. Forward the link to this page via email, or use the links below to share the information on social media.


Build the case for a better earth

Thanks to the support of people like you, Ecojustice goes to court to protect what we value most — the air, land and water that sustains all life. Make your gift today and support bold litigation for a brighter environmental future.

Join our newsletter

Get updates on the most pressing environmental issues delivered straight to your inbox.

Join our online community

Follow us on social media