18 February, 2019 (OTTAWA) – Following a four-day  Powershift: Young and Rising convergence, volunteers from PowerShift  an intersectionnal growing movement that gathered youth from all backgrounds across Canada – are marching today in a rally organized for climate justice.

Starting at Parliament Hill, the rally will benefit from the presence of  frontline land and water defenders, black and communities of colour as well as various social and environmental grassroots groups leaders who will make the opening speeches before setting out for the hour long march. This march yet another pressing expression of a growing young mobilization movement spreading wide across Canada to highlight the urgency of climate change, and how climate justice intersects with social and environmental justice.

“Migrant justice is climate justice. Environmental justice is social justice. The youth today are letting this and future governments know that the time for change has come and we will not back down. We demand good jobs for all, a livable climate and indigenous sovereignty. Together we are rising for climate justice.” said Tina Oh, one of the co-organizers of PowerShift.

Large handmade banners and flags showcasing indigenous art will be used throughout the march.

DETAILS

Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

Event: Rallying for Social and Climate Justice

Organized by: PowerShift: Young & Rising

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST

Location: Parliament Hill, near the Centennial Flame.

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For any questions, interviews or photos, please contact:

Loujain Kurdi, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada, 514-577-6657, lokurdi@greenpeace.org

The first PowerShift in Canada happened in 2009, and since then the annual or semi-annual gatherings have mobilized passionate young people from many walks of life to explore ways of taking action to confront the climate crisis.