Lush Cosmetics recently announced that they will be closing down all of their Canadian operations to participate in the Global Climate Strike on September 27. They did the same on September 20 in the U.S. for the same cause. The Lush Cosmetics climate strike is joined by fellow Canadian company MEC, who also announced that they will be striking across Canada on September 27 for the cause.
Lush Cosmetics President and CEO Mark Wolverton released a statement on their website, which highlights their stance on the Global Climate Strike.* "For a year, Greta Thunberg and youth around the globe have been striking from schools to demand bold action from global leaders and have now invited us to join. We are so inspired by their actions, echo their demands and believe that we need to respond to the climate crisis like the emergency it is," says the statement."We stand with Greta and everyone we owe a future to. We are disrupting our ‘business as usual’ for one day, joining millions on the streets and asking you to join us."
Inspired by the great work of @GretaThunberg and all the youth preparing for the Global #ClimateStrike, we'll be sh… https://t.co/O94FdlRdav— Lush North America (@Lush North America)1568739089.0
Narcity got in contact with Lush Cosmetics for further comment on the matter. This is what they had to say: "The decision to participate in the climate strike was really a natural progression of our work as a business to stand up for the environment," the email wrote."But it was really hearing Greta’s invitation to join the climate strikes last May. Her request was for adults to join the youth-led movement and we felt it was important to participate fully in this and treat the climate crisis like the emergency that it is."
Global News reports that Lush will be shutting down all operations in Toronto and Vancouver, including their head office, stores, manufacturing, and even their website. The beloved B.C.-based company has been a Canadian favourite for years, and they are even paying all employees who were originally scheduled to work on Friday, September 27.
Their U.S. locations participated in the Global Climate Strike on September 20.
Tomorrow, we're closing our USA retail and e-commerce shops to march in the Global #ClimateStrikes, drawing attenti… https://t.co/yRawsBSw5x— Lush North America (@Lush North America)1568932202.0
Hundreds of thousands of young people went on strike that day. They took to the streets as part of the movement started by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, CTV News reports.
*This article has been updated.