People typically think of the climate crisis as an environmental issue. But did you know it also spells big trouble for human rights? People in Canada and around the world are already experiencing the impacts of climate change – such as drought, flooding, extreme storms and heat, forest fires, and sea level rise – and it’s only going to get worse. People who are already disadvantaged, vulnerable or facing discrimination will be hardest hit.
It is imperative that governments take urgent action to drastically reduce global greenhouse emissions before it’s too late. Furthermore, they must do so in a way that avoids further harming human rights. So far, the actions taken by the Canadian government and other states are inadequate to prevent a climate crisis. More ambitious action is necessary.
Courageous young people around the world are taking their future into their own hands by challenging us all to confront the realities of climate change. Watch this video to learn more about Amnesty International awarding its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience award, to these young leaders.
On September 20th and 27th, youth in Canada and around the world will be striking for the climate – and this time they encourage adults to join them! Amnesty International stands in solidarity with the millions of determined youth who are organizing and taking part in climate change strikes. We encourage everyone who can to join the climate strikes and show solidarity.
Join a strike
On Friday September 20 and/or Friday September 27, join the climate strikes near you.
For more information about the climate strikes, visit www.amnesty.ca/climate
To find a strike location and time near your, visit fridaysforfuture.ca or https://climatestrikecanada.org/september
Join us in making climate change an election issue
Amnesty has included addressing climate change as one of it’s Top 10 Election Asks.
Register now to join us in making climate change an election issue this October.
For more information about why climate change is a human rights issue, please visit https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/climate-change/