We are in solidarity with global strikes for climate action

This week, students across the globe led us to the streets to call for climate action.

The strikes were started in August of 2018 by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. These #FridaysForFuture student strikes now take place in communities all over the world, including across Canada.

We stand in solidarity with the world-wide strikes for climate action.

Our public scientists confirm that climate change is a crisis in need of immediate action and only 20% of them believe Canada is doing enough.

“We must listen to the science. We must put the good work of our public scientists to use. As unionists, we must stand in solidarity with students across the globe in calling for climate action,” said PIPSC President Debi Daviau.

On this global day of action, directed at the UN Secretary General’s climate summit, we encourage each person in Canada to join the student-led strike in their own community.

Not all workers will be able to join the marches and rallies in person, but there are many ways to demonstrate solidarity and support for this critical call to action including, showing solidarity on social media, participating in actions on your lunch break, starting a conversation about reducing emissions in your own workplace, or raising climate action with your local candidates in the federal election.

Those who do join the strikes should first speak with their union and consult relevant legislation to understand the legal implications of their actions.