Skip to main content

PRESS RELEASE: School striking Vancouver Teens Support Declaration of Climate Emergency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Contact: Rebecca Hamilton
778-321-8526

School striking Vancouver Teens Support Declaration of Climate Emergency
They stage creative action at City Hall to support OneCity motion

[VANCOUVER, BC, January 16] - Today, students from across Metro Vancouver walked out of school in support of Councillor Christine Boyle’s motion to declare climate emergency. Their creative action at City Hall steps emphasized the choice city councillors are making when they vote on the motion later today.

“We are at a crossroads. We can continue failing to reduce emissions, resulting in accelerating climate catastrophe. Or, we can take dramatic action now, creating a safe future for our generation.” says 16 year old organizer Rebecca Hamilton. “We are demanding our leaders choose the latter path."

Around 50 teens participated, along with around 30 adult allies. The action was supported by local organizations Force of Nature Alliance and Extinction Rebellion Vancouver.

Three of the teens will also be speaking to City Council in support of the motion, which is being tabled by Councillor Christine Boyle of OneCity. It aims to strengthen the city’s emissions reductions targets, focussing on equitably mitigating the climate crisis. If passed, Vancouver would become the first city in Canada to declare climate emergency, and would be joining London, Los Angeles, Oakland, and other cities across the world in doing so.

The teens also met with members of the Sustainability Group at city hall to hear about what the city is doing to reduce GHG emissions and to voice their concerns about urgent climate action.

"We are living in a time of climate crisis and, as teens, we struggle to reconcile that knowledge with the lack of action we see around us.” Rebecca says, "We are modelling emergency in our lives by striking from school one day a month, and today’s Climate Emergency motion gives us a chance to see this urgency reflected in the actions of our leaders."

###

Press statements will be disrupted after councillors vote on the motion.




More photos found in this folder:

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I'm Skipping School for Climate Emergency!

I'm in grade 11, and for one day a month, I skip school. Such action would normally be considered a petty teenage rebellion. However, with the threat of climate catastrophe hurtling towards us, we are not living in normal times. There is nothing radical about my desire for a livable future.
As teenagers, we want to be excited about our future, not scared for impending climate catastrophe. Skipping school to sit in the office of my Minister for the Environment, as I did last month, or to support a Climate Emergency proposal at City Hall, as I will next week, is a sacrifice, but it is one we had no choice but to make. How can I go to school when older generations do not abide by the lessons I am supposed to be learning?
In school, I'm taught to live by deadlines. Taking too long to complete a project will result in a significant drop in my grade. Climate scientists write the report cards on climate action, and they are telling us our governments are failing. The recent IPCC repor…

All One!

Last post, I wrote about how frustrated I am that we aren’t adequately addressing the environmental crises our planet is facing. But how do we do this? We need to take dramatic climate action this second, but we can’t just flip a switch and stop all greenhouse gas emissions immediately. The conclusion I tend to come back to is that we need to identify the root causes of our numerous sprouts of planetary destruction, and to address them in as holistic a way as possible.
If you had a fever, no appetite, and were throwing up, you would not treat all of these symptoms separately. Doing so might provide temporary relief, but you would be stuck indefinitely whacking the moles as they popped up unless you identified the underlying illness causing these ailments and found a way to heal that. I believe that one reason attempts to “save the earth” are largely ineffective is that they are attempts to ice the fever, instead of steps to procure and take the medicine.

In my opinion, one of these “bac…

Wake Up!

Frequently, I just want to yell at our world. Wake up! I want to say. What on earth do you think you are doing? The issue is, we’re not doing on earth, or even better, with earth. We’re doing to Earth, and, as a teenager, it is the Earth that my generation and I are going to inherit that this is being done to.
As an insightful activist once said, if you want to get yourself out of a hole, stop digging! This seems blindingly obvious, yet it is literally what humanity is doing right now with greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting after meeting is held attempting to negotiate how much we need to reduce and by when, with the former invariably ending up much too low, and the latter, too far into the future - a problem for the next government, the next generation, but not us. All the while, our emissions continue to climb.
Well, now is the time! It is us, or no one. We need to stop blaming others, stop arguing over percentages and dates, stop saying “well, so-and-so isn’t taking action!”. We need…