Strike for Climate: Taking Action for Human Rights

On Friday, May 3rd, students across Canada and around the world will strike for the climate and call on governments to take urgent action to stop climate change.

Amnesty International is in solidarity with the climate strike and warns that the failure of governments to address climate change may amount to the greatest inter-generational human rights violation in history. Climate change affects the rights to life, health, housing, water and sanitation, among others, and it disproportionately affects those who are already marginalized or subject to discrimination.

Amnesty’s 2019 Human Rights Agenda calls on Canada to address the human rights implications of climate change by, among other measures:

  • Ending the dependence on fossil fuels by 2040
  • Ending fossil fuel subsidies
  • Promoting a just transition to a zero-carbon economy
  • Ensuring that the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous communities for any new energy projects is respected

Climate change is a human rights issue. As Amnesty develops and deepens our work on climate justice, we need you to take action and call on Canada to stop climate change.

Support the Climate Strike

Find a climate strike near you. Ask the organizers how you can support their work or attend and bring a message about climate change as a human rights issue.

Join the 2019 Tour for a Green New Deal

The Leap and other partners are organizing a multi-city tour this June to build support and awareness for a Green New Deal for Canada.

>>> Find an event near you 

Write a Letter

Amnesty has a letter-writing action calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister for the Environment Catherine McKenna to take action on climate change.

>>> Write a letter

Join our Book Club

In May and June, Amnesty International’s Book Club will be reading The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier and exploring themes related to climate justice.

>>> Join now  

>>> Read the Discussion Guide 

Take Action for Land and Water Defenders

In Canada and around the world, Indigenous land and water defenders face threats to their health and well-being and even lives.

>>> Take action for water defenders in Canada

>>> Take action for earth defenders in Latin America  

Join our Corporate Action Network

Stay tuned for more information about Amnesty’s policies and campaigns on climate change. Join our Corporate Action Network to receive the latest information and updates.

>>> Subscribe now

Learn More

>>> Read our 2019 Human Rights Agenda

>>> Read our statement on the climate strike