In fact, it’s past time. The last four years have been the hottest ever recorded on Earth, and the human-caused climate crisis is affecting all aspects of our daily lives, from extreme weather to ecosystem destruction to adverse effects on human health. We can change this path, but we need to act quickly.
Around the world, people are demanding immediate action to address the climate emergency. Young people in particular, through #FridaysforFuture and #GlobalClimateStrike, and inspired by Greta Thunberg, have been speaking out about the need for those in power to do things differently.
In Ottawa-Gatineau, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, young people, environmental groups, workplaces, and anyone who has a stake in our shared climate future are taking time out to gather on Parliament Hill to support the call for action.
People will be meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Confederation Park (corner Elgin and Laurier) in Ottawa, and the corner of Portage and Laval in Gatineau, then heading to Parliament Hill. Join if you can. Check for details and updates on the event page.
The Global Climate Strike is taking place Sept. 20-27, 2019, to coincide with the UN Climate Change Summit on Sept. 23, 2019 and Youth Climate Summit on Sept. 21, 2019. It’s anticipated that millions of people in 150 countries will be walking out of school, work or home to draw attention to the need for action and justice to address the climate emergency we collectively face.
Find out more at Fridays for Future Canada and Climate Strike Canada. Locally, check out Fridays for Future Ottawa and other local groups.