High school students fighting for climate justice across Metro Vancouver on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), scəw̓aθən (Tsawwassen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), Semiahmoo, Matsqui and Stó:lō peoples.
We are a movement of young people across Metro Vancouver—united by the urgency we feel to stop climate catastrophe and by a shared vision to exercise our agency, and create a more just and sustainable world. We exist to create space for youth to engage with these issues and lay the foundations for a future that they can look forward to.
Our generation is not only inheriting an environmental collapse, but also this collapse’s cause: a broken worldview where the profit of corporations is valued over peoples’ lives. With our roots in climate striking, we understand the power of coming together to shift public consciousness around what change we urgently need. By using mass mobilization and other tactics to build and escalate our political power, we can achieve this change.
Although deep systemic transformation is our ultimate goal, we recognize that people are being hurt right now—by a system that continually emits greenhouse gases and worsens existing injustices. In order to reduce harm towards those most affected, we are focused on pushing for policies which reduce emissions at a greater scale and speed, while also addressing the dual challenges of the climate crisis and inequity.
On Friday June 18th, Sustainabiliteens painted a mural and held a blockade in front of Chubb Insurance's office in so-called downtown “Vancouver” to demand they stop insuring the TMX pipeline. The TMX pipeline is evidently a climate bomb, but it is much more than that. The pipeline has no consent from several Indigenous nations, it puts our communities at risk of major health issues, harms endangered species and is dirrectly related to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls and Two-Spirit (MMIWG2S) genocide. It is time for us to take action against Chubb Insurance and the other major insurers of TMX. Thank you to Portable Electric for supporting us with equipment.
In the past two years, we have mobilized hundreds of thousands of Metro Vancouver residents in demanding climate justice. Past actions included the Sept 27th Day of Action in Canada, a die-in outside of Teck's headquarters and striking alongside Greta Thunberg.