Student climate strikers hold online rally, deliver more than 56,000 signatures to parliament

In what may be the first event of its kind, MPs from three political parties logged on to speak with constituents at a digital rally Friday. Laurel Collins (NDP), Elizabeth May (Green), and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Liberal) accepted a spreadsheet containing thousands of petition signatures from Canadians. Each vowed to oppose any government bailout that put oil & gas corporations ahead of workers and communities hit hard by COVID-19.

920 people attended the lunchtime meeting on Zoom, with thousands more viewing a livestream. The event was emceed by teenage climate strikers Sam Lin and Emma-Jane Burian. It’s the first Friday climate rally since the Coronavirus pandemic shut down schools Canada-wide and ended in-person gatherings for the foreseeable future. You can watch the full video here (stick around for the chants at the end!)

As speakers Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Tzeporah Berman and Alexandra Woodsworth reminded the crowd, the current health crisis does not replace the housing crisis, clean water crisis or climate crisis. Instead it calls us to fight for investments that protect public health and accelerate a clean energy transition, while tackling the inequities that make us vulnerable in the first place.

Here are some more highlights from the #PeopleNotPolluters rally!

Many thanks to organizers at Sustainabiliteens, Our Earth Our future, Leadnow, Dogwood and for pulling this event together. See you next time!

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