CLIMATE STRIKE CANADA'S SEVEN DEMANDS:
1. Indigenous Rights:
Center and respect the Inherent and Treaty Rights of Indigenous peoples in all climate change mitigation efforts. Adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in full, including Article 32: Indigenous peoples right to free prior and informed consent.
2. Protection for Most Affected Communities:
Recognize Canada’s disproportionate role in the climate crisis, history of environmental racism, and subsequent responsibility for the protection of those most affected by climate change. Provide climate aid to the global south, as well as Arctic Canada, which disproportionately experience the impacts of the climate crisis. Include the addition of climate displacement as a basis for refugee status.
3. A Just Transition:
Transition to renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure across sectors while leaving no workers behind. This transition must guarantee decent, low-carbon work for everyone by investing in reeducation programs, especially those economically reliant on fossil fuels.
4. Bold Emissions Reductions Targets:
Legislate greenhouse gas emission reductions of 75% by 2030 over 2005 levels in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees celsius. Make binding commitments to achieving net-zero carbon emission by 2050.
5. Separation of Oil and State:
Reject all new fossil fuel transportation or projects, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and put a price on pollution.
6. Environmental Rights:
Enshrine in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms the fundamental right to a healthy environment. This would include, but is not limited to, the right to safe air, clean water, and healthy soil. Expose past and present violations of these rights and provide reparations to those affected communities.
7. Conservation of Biodiversity:
Maintain and protect all diverse ecosystems. Reduce habitat fragmentation and strengthen the protection of at risk and endangered species. Transfer ecosystem stewardship to local Indigenous communities wherever possible.
While we are trying to be specific as we envision a fair transition off fossil fuels that protects us all, we also want to recognize that these demands are steps on the path, and not the final destination. We understand that Indigenous land stewardship has preserved the majority of the earth's biodiversity and to follow Indigenous leadership means respecting Indigenous nationhood and right to self-determination and that recognizing the rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people will do more to protect life on earth than any government measures.