join us sept. 11-15, 2023
In the lead up to the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 15, we invite you to celebrate, support and amplify youth-led climate action. Our Youth Climate Week of Action offers an engaging series of workshops, webinars and activities all about challenging business as usual in order to address the climate crisis. We as a generation need to stand up for our future: fight against the fossil fuel industry, resist the development of new pipelines & extractivist practices, and confront false solutions powered by green capitalism.
Webinars & Workshops — Sign up free to join us using the form above! All events on Zoom.
Monday, Sept. 11, 7pm ET
"Love, Compassion, & Local Climate Action” talk, conversation, and Q&A
Join us for a talk & conversation about the potential of pathological love as a remedy to pathological profit and power as well as the role of cities (municipal & local climate action) in the climate fight, and how they might uniquely be able to catalyze the end to the fossil fuel era. Last but not least, we will have an extended Q&A and discussion with the speakers, don’t miss out!
Speakers: Christine Boyle, Janelle Lapointe
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7pm ET
Limitless Creativity Art-build workshop [not recorded]
Join your peers for an afternoon of art-build activities in preparation for the climate strikes on Friday and the weekend! In addition to making protest art together, we’ll chat about our climate strike experiences & stories, watch short clips of inspirational climate rally speeches, and will end on a protest- chant writing (mini competition) activity.
[+] Bring sign-making items: poster-board, sign paper, markers, paint tools, scissors, etc
Speakers: Jaden L. Phillips
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7pm ET
“Speaking Truth to Power” webinar, testimony & conversation
Join us for this conversation about challenging the greenwashed, business-as-usual, fossil-dominantextractivist narrative to catalyze system change, and the power & role of young people (to do
so) as agents of change both through advocacy & through legal action.
Speakers: Albert Lalonde, Miranda Baksh
Thursday, Sept. 14, 11am ET
“Connection to the Water, Land & Soil” Storytelling, Writing Workshop
Learn about the importance of the water cycle for growing crops and raising animals in this special writing workshop. Explore the role of water, land, and healthy soil in agriculture, but also emerging threats to and growing scarcity of these crucial resources.
Speakers: Writers Collective of Canada (WCC), Mikellena Nettos
Friday, Sept. 15
Global Strike to End Fossil Fuels
As world leaders discuss climate action at the United Nations in New York, people on every continent will join the largest-ever globally coordinated action to demand that governments end fossil fuels. The climate crisis is escalating but so is the global movement for climate justice. We need all hands on deck to win this fight. Join the Global Strike organized by Fridays For Future and Fight Fossil Fuels.
Find a strike near you with this map tool by Fridays For Future Canada.
Janelle Lapointe Communications & Engagement Coordinator,
David Suzuki Foundation
Janelle Lapointe (she/her) is an Afro-Indigenous climate justice and Indigenous rights activist from Stellat’en First Nation, currently the interim Director of Public Engagement and Mobilization at the David Suzuki Foundation and a guest on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) andxʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories. She leans on her lived experience growing up on her small reserve in Northern British Columbia to ensure that intersectionality is at the forefront of environmental narratives, to build power and help others see their stake in fighting back against the status quo. She has spent the last few years Frontloading* a new mass movement organization, to unite everyday people from Canada, Quebec and many Indigenous Nations across the lands to demand a Green New Deal that takes power from the hands of the billionaires and returns it to us all. (Easy stuff!)
Joins us to hear Janelle talk about Love and Compassion in the climate movement on Sept. 11 at 7pm ET.
Vancouver City Councilor
Christine Boyle (she/her) is a second term Vancouver City Councillor with OneCity Vancouver. She has been a leading voice at her Council table on climate action, affordable housing, Reconciliation, and more.
Christine is a community organizer and an ordained United Church Minister, born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territory. She spent many years doing national multi-faith climate organizing, including efforts focused on divesting from fossil fuels and investing in building retrofits and clean energy. Christine also worked at the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance and supported the development of GreenJobs BC. And she spent many years working at First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and supporting kids and families at Grandview/ ¿uuqinak’uuh Elementary School in East Vancouver.
She has a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from UBC, and an MA in Religious Leadership for Social Change from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is raising two kids in East Van with her husband, Seth Klein.
Join us with Christine to hear about climate action at the municipal level on Sept. 11 at 7pm ET.
Youth Engagement Coordinator The Climate Reality Project Canada
A third-culture-kid and aspiring climate scientist, Jaden (they/them) first became curious about and interested in nature at a very young age, travelling around the world as a little kid. Fast forward a few years, during their BSc degree, they discovered an intense passion for addressing the challenge of climate change, but it was only on their final term abroad in London in Fall 2019 — serendipitously, coinciding with the record-breaking global climate strikes — that the galvanizing magic of climate activism ignited a flame within them. Jaden has been an avid climate activist since then, organizing with various (primarily youth-led) climate orgs. at universities and beyond. While climate change is a wicked problem to tackle, Jaden is especially passionate and excited about galvanizing fellow young people into climate action, helping them recognize their change-making potential, as youth have a brighter, sustainable future to fight for! Jaden completed their Climate Leadership Corps Training in April 2021, and is ecstatic to join the Climate Reality Canada team as the new Youth Engagement Coordinator. Jaden has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Psychology (Hons. BSc) from the University of Toronto and is currently a master’s student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability (MSc).
Join Jaden for our Artbuild Workshop on Sept. 12 at 7pm ET.
Miranda Baksh, Engagement Senior Coordinator, Environmental Defence Canada
Miranda (she/her) has a deep sense of appreciation for the natural world. This led to degrees in Environmental Studies at York University, where her master’s research focused on the intersections between biodiversity conservation and digital science communication. Her passion for the environment was further fueled by investigating eco-system approaches to disaster reduction in Belize and conservation in Costa Rica. Miranda co-founded The Community Climate Council, a local non-profit focused on climate literacy. Through her work, she aims to inspire and inform others on local environmental issues, so that we can collectively drive solutions towards climate and community resilience. In her free time, she can be found on the trails making new nature discoveries.
Join Miranada to talk about greenwashing and fighting the fossil fuel industry on Sept. 13 at at 7pm ET.
Albert Lalonde, Mobilization & Communication Consultant, David Suzuki Foundation
Albert Lalonde (they/she/he) has been co-spokesperson for the Pour le futur collective, behind the Friday climate strikes in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal) high schools since 2019. They are a founding member and former co-spokesperson of CEVES (Student Coalition for an Environmental and Social Shift), a union of the student groups that have been organizing the global strikes and protests for climate justice in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke since 2019, including the historic September 27, 2019 demonstration that brought more than 600,000 people to the streets throughout the province. Albert is suing the Canadian government for its responsibility in the climate crisis along with 14 other young people (La Rose v. Canada). They work as a project manager for the David Suzuki Foundation's Climate Awareness Lab .
Join Albert to talk about youth-led legal actions to hold governments and fossil fuel companies accountable on Sept. 13 at 7pm ET.
Writers' Collective of Canada
WCC is a charitable organization that inspires exploratory writing in community to empower every voice, celebrate every story, and change the world. Our unique exploratory writing workshop method empowers the authentic voices of one and all, including traditionally underserved populations and underheard individuals nationwide.
Join us for a writing and storytelling workshop themed "Land, water and soil" on Sept. 14 at 11am ET.
The Climate Reality Project Canada’s (CRPC) office is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg Nations. CRPC honours, recognizes and respects these Nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we are today.