Students all across Canada will take part in climate demonstrations this September 27. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is accommodating students participating in the climate strike in Canada, along with other school boards across the country. The strike is part of a movement called the Global Climate Strike. It will take place as the United Nations Climate Summit gets underway in New York.
The TDSB released a statement asking its schools to avoid scheduling tests and other assignments on Friday, September 27. This will help students avoid academic consequences for participating in the rally, which will take place outside the Ontario Legislature. However, the board also stated that students under 18 must obtain parental permission to miss class for the event.
“This is not a TDSB-sanctioned event; however, we understand that students at a number of our schools may take part,” the board said.
“...we honour student voice and are committed to ensuring students can express themselves individually and collectively in ways that are constructive, respectful and responsible," the board added.
CTV News reported Dawson College in Montreal and the University of British Columbia are also making accommodations to help students walk out of school.
“It is inspiring to see so many students take part in shaping their future and use the power of the collective voice to raise awareness of climate change and the need for immediate action,” read a statement by the University of British Columbia.
This week, over 600 young Canadians signed an online pledge titled No Future, No Children. In the document, the youth promised that they would not have any children until the Canadian government takes stronger action in the fight against climate change.
The online petition, which was created by an 18-year-old student, states, “I pledge not to have children until I believe the government has done enough to ensure a safe future."