The Seventh Generation Principle, a pillar of the Iroquois Confederacy’s Great Law, says that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations from now. With catastrophic climate change on our doorstep it is evident that we, as a global community, did not heed the wise words of our Indigenous sisters and brothers. While the best time to take action to avert the climate crisis was yesterday, the second best time is now.
It is in that spirit that the Society encourages all members to join the effort to stop catastrophic climate change by participating in the week-long global actions, running from September 20 to 27. While events will be ongoing around the world, it is essential to take part here in Canada during the federal election to pressure all parties to take decisive action to save Earth as we know it.
These actions have been organized around the globe by young people, many of them teenagers. Given the broad scientific consensus on the effects of climate change, youth are fearful for their futures. We must join them and commit to meaningful action that can change the course of the world.
In our day-to-day work, the vast majority of Society members contribute to the type of change the world needs. Society members were at the centre of an extraordinary transition from an energy grid that relied on dirty coal to one that is now coal-free and instead relies on clean nuclear energy in addition to hydro for the vast majority of Ontario’s power. While members should be very proud of this work it is not nearly enough. Change of that same scale is required in virtually every sector of society and it will not happen unless we, as citizens of Ontario and the world, demand it.
Events that are part of this global action are commonly referred to as a climate strike. Please be aware that this is a colloquial use of the term “strike” – the Society is not on strike and members are required to participate in these activities on your own time and with your own resources.
Toronto: Yonge & Eglinton Leafleting, 7:30AM, Friday, September 20 → RSVP NOW
Join Society leaders to hand out leaflets at this busy intersection to raise awareness about the need for action on the climate crisis and to promote the September 27 rally. Participants will meet at the Society Office (2239 Yonge St.) at 7:30. Don’t worry if you’re a bit late – look for us handing out leaflets near the intersection. Participants can leave at any time to ensure their timely arrival at work.
Toronto: Climate Strike Rally at Queen’s Park, 11AM-2PM, Friday, September 27 → RSVP NOW
Join thousands of people on the lawn of Queen’s Park to demonstrate your support for decisive action on the climate crisis.
Ontario: Find an event near you, September 20-27
Events are planned for cities across Ontario, including Ottawa, Belleville, London and Thunder Bay. Checkout a map at https://climatestrikecanada.org/september.
Online: September 20-27
If you aren’t able to make it to an event, take this opportunity to follow along Ontario and global events online. Search for the hashtag #ClimateStrike and make sure you use it to post your own views on how and why we must take decisive action to stop catastrophic climate change.