The youth climate justice movement organizing in Metro Vancouver on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ and kʷikʷəƛw̓əm lands.
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.
The current political system of putting party and profit ahead of people and planet is fueling the crises affecting us. We are sick of choosing the least-worst candidates, and want to see politicians that will address the issues we face, both short and long-term. These commitments include respecting Indigenous rights, lowering the voting age, ending fossil fuel subsidies, investing in affordable housing and making transit free for high school students.
The COVID-19 pandemic is just one of several immediate, intersecting crises that we are grappling with. The time is now to finally take real action on achieving social, racial and environmental justice. We demand a federal budget that will build a more equitable and resilient future, because we know that decisions made today will impact our futures and those of coming generations.
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.