Students around the world are taking bold action to push for urgent and ambitious climate action. Since August of 2018, #FridaysForFuture student strikes have taken place all across the world, started by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
On Friday, September 27, Fridays For Future Toronto and the S27 Coalition are hosting a strike and march for climate justice at Queen’s Park (RSVP here!).
In solidarity with the global climate strike YUGSA Council unanimously passed an endorsement on September 19 (see below). We will also close the YUGSA office all day on Friday, September 27. As York University announced last week, the Provost is going to bring a motion to Senate on Thursday, September 26 to declare Friday, September 27 as a day of academic accommodation for students.
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Whereas politicians and industry are failing to act fast enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Whereas Canada is failing to meet its Paris Agreement targets, which themselves are widely viewed as inadequate.
Whereas Greta Thunberg began her now-famous school strikes in 2018 (at the age of 15), thus launching a global movement of young people protesting climate inaction.
Whereas youth in Toronto and across Canada have been striking every Friday since December 2018 under the banner of Fridays for Future.
Whereas Greta Thunberg has called for a week of action from September 20th-27th, 2019.
Whereas organizers in Canada have called for a cross-generational (i.e., including adults) strike on September 27th.
Whereas the Toronto strike is being organized by a coalition of progressive groups in the city.
Whereas Toronto organizers are planning a march for this day beginning at Queen’s Park and hope for this to be the city’s largest ever climate action.
Be it resolved that YUGSA endorse the September 27th climate strike.
Be it further resolved that YUGSA encourage its members to attend the September 27th march.
Be it further resolved that YUGSA actively promote the strike through various channels (e.g., newsletters, social media, etc.).