Climate action typically includes street protests — gathering in person to show strength in numbers — and Earth Day is no exception. Pivoting to a digital live-stream event has meant major challenges for organizers, but also new opportunities for global connectedness and accessibility. Canadian activist movements can learn valuable lessons from Earth Day about refocusing quickly in the face of a major change of plans.
2020 was set to be an important year for climate action. COVID-19 will delay progress in the short term as stimulus packages intended to soften the impending recession will stretch public dollars, threatening the climate action the world so urgently needs.
Countless studies show that climate change disproportionately impacts women. Despite this, gender issues are often left out of climate action discussions. For Andrea Dicks, President of Community Foundations of Canada, the only way to achieve our climate goals is through collaboration—and that includes equality on all fronts.
We’re fast-approaching the last decade of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and scientific reports show us just how critical the need to take action for people and the planet is. At 2019 UNLEASH: A Global Innovation Lab for the SDGs, 1000 youth from 162 countries gathered in Shenzhen, China to accelerate innovative solutions to global problems.
“Climate change is not the problem. We are solving the wrong problem,” says Grace Hill, a 14-year old student and youth activist. In honour of both International Day of the Girl Child and the millions of young people who marched for climate action around the world last month, we're taking a closer look at the power of youth movements.
Millions are marching around the world to demand action from leaders on climate change. Notably, employees from technology companies are striking. Now, these companies are racing to lead the way by making ambitious sustainability pledges, which could drive transformative change.