FRONT ROW SUPPORTS THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE
On Sept. 11, we posted about how we offset all carbon emissions created as a result of flights taken for our business. As an extension of that post, we would like to declare our support for the ongoing Global Climate Strike and we encourage all Front Row employees and customers to also support these strikes, as they are calling attention to one of the biggest issues of our time – climate change. Of course, we recognize that carbon offsetting is not a solution to climate change and stronger action is required from both public and private sectors.
The September 2019 Climate Strikes
The ongoing September 2019 climate strikes have likely been the largest climate strikes in world history. Organizers reported that over 4 million people have participated in strikes worldwide.
These strikes come out of the “School strike for climate” movement, an international movement of students participating in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming. The movement began in 2015 when an independent group of students invited other students around the world to skip school on the first day of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and make the following demands:
- 100% clean energy
- Help “climate refugees” (people forced to leave their home due to sudden or long-term changes to their environment)
It was teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg who brought the movement to global attention. On 20 August 2018, she protested by sitting outside the Riksdag during school hours with a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" ("school strike for the climate"). She has inspired students across the globe to take part in similar climate strikes.
Friday, September 27, 2019 – Global Strike for Climate Justice
This Friday, September 27, there will be a Global Strike for Climate Justice in many towns and cities across the world. View the interactive map on https://globalclimatestrike.net to find a climate strike happening near you and consider joining in. We have listed below a selection of climate strikes happening in some major Canadian cities:
Vancouver – General Strike! for Climate Action – Sept. 27, Vancouver City Hall, 1PM
Toronto – Global Strike for Climate Justice – Sept. 27, Queen’s Park, 11A
Montréal – Crise climatique, manifestation historique – Sept. 27, Mt. Royal Park, 12PM
Halifax – K'jipuktuk – Sept. 27, Victoria Park, 11AM