The worldwide movement called the Global Climate Strike has been going strong this week and in Vancouver, it will culminate on Friday, September 27. As of right now, only one university in Western Canada has decided to cancel classes in the afternoon give students the freedom to participate in the protests. The Vancouver climate strike is also likely to be attended by young students from around the city since the Vancouver School Board also announced that they would allow students to participate.
On Friday, September 27 a massive rally is planned to take place at Vancouver City Hall and more than 15,000 students are expected to attend the climate strike according to the Vancouver Sun. Emily Carr University has cancelled classes on Friday afternoon. That means that ECU students will be free to participate in the global climate strike.
CBC News reported that the Vancouver School Board is joining in and they voted to excuse students from classes on Friday so they can also participate in the strike.
The University of British Columbia confirmed by email to Narcity that they would not cancel classes for the Climate Strike and students have voiced their opinions online about the decision to stay open.
Rob Maguire, Director of Marketing and Communications at ECU spoke on the phone to Narcity and said that “after consultation with student groups faculty and staff association, we made the decision to cancel all classes on Friday afternoon.”
According to Maguire, ECU is the only university so far outside of Montreal, where climate activist Greta Thornburg is visiting, to cancel classes for students to participate in climate demonstrations.
Organized jointly by Sustainabiliteens and Climate Strike Canada, Vancouver students are expected to turn up in the thousands at 1 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall on Friday, September 27. So far, only the VSB and ECU have cancelled classes for students to participate in the strike. VSB has 18 secondary schools, one middle school and 89 elementary schools.
Many businesses like MEC and LUSH in Vancouver and around the Lower Mainland are expected to close in part that afternoon to allow employees to participate in the strike as well.
For more information on the Global Climate Strike and how to participate in Vancouver, check out their website.