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Media Release: Canadian scientists rally in support of student climate strikers

Ottawa (September 27th, 2019) - Almost 1000 scientists across Canada have signed an open letter, demonstrating their support of Canadian youth striking for urgent action on the climate crisis. 

The letter states: “We, the Canadian science community, add our voices to those of the world’s youth, and call on our leaders to take action on this crisis. The demands of the students are backed by robust scientific evidence and action cannot wait.”

The climate strike movement started just over a year ago, when Swedish student Greta Thunberg walked out of school in protest of government inaction on climate change. Her actions sparked an international movement, with tens of thousands of young people around the globe organizing strikes and calling on their representatives to respond to the climate crisis with the bold, urgent action it demands. 

Starting on September 20th, an all-ages global climate strike has been happening in 150 countries across the globe. Over the course of the past week, millions of people around the world have taken to the streets and joined youth activists to stand up to demand action on the climate emergency.

“We think it’s especially important for the science community to show up and support this student movement,” said Dr. Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy. “We know that the current policies on the table are not in line with the magnitude of what climate science in telling us.”

The open letter has been signed by 995 Canadian scientists and will be presented to the student climate strike organizers at the Ottawa strike happening today at 11:30am starting at  Confederation Park. 

“Canada’s climate action plan should be fueled by the best available evidence and its ambition should reflect that of the youth leading this movement,” said Dr. Kimberly Girling, Research and Policy Director at Evidence for Democracy. “It is critical that Canada’s government not only uphold their commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, but also respond to the recent Canada’s Changing Climate reports with bold action.”

Full text of the letter is available here:

Media contacts:
Katie Gibbs
Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy
Phone: 1-844-335-3339

Katie Gibbs

Executive Director (on parental leave)

Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa researching threats to endangered species, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’ rally - one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Katie cofounded Evidence for Democracy and now serves as its Executive Director. She has a diverse background organizing and managing various social and political campaigns at the local and national level. Katie is frequently asked to comment on science policy issues and has been quoted and published in numerous media outlets, including the CBC, The Hill Times, the Globe and Mail and the National Post.