City of Richmond #SchoolStrike for Climate Emergency!
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On March 15, tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries plan to skip school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is. As teenagers, we want to be excited about our future, not scared about impending climate catastrophe.
Here in Richmond, BC we are demanding for the same action. Join us on March 15th from 12:30-1:30 at Richmond City Hall where students from all over Richmond will be holding an open demonstration with the hope to bring positive transformation and healing to our communities and to the Earth.
We would like to declare..
1) THAT Council recognize that:
i. we are in a global state of climate emergency that constitutes a crisis for Richmond including costs related to more extreme weather events, air quality deterioration and sea level rise;
ii. almost all governments have failed to meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the City of Richmond which should have stricter targets for its emission reduction.
iii. we have a responsibility to respond to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) October 2018 call for all political leaders to take urgent action to keep average global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees C in order to avoid catastrophic social, environmental and economic breakdown;
iv. we need to evaluate the impact of the City’s actions to date on GHG emissions to determine what is working well, what is not and why and then publicly report out the findings annually to track our progress;
v. we need to incorporate a gendered intersectional lens into climate actions and the Climate Adaptation Strategy; and
vi. we need to encourage residents, businesses and visitors to move towards carbon free transportation modes, including but not limited to, providing incentives by expanding and expediting electric vehicle charging stations privately and publicly; Furthermore, we need to explore possibilities for reducing the cost of public pay parking for electric vehicles, bikes and other mobility devices
2) THAT Council direct staff to establish a remaining carbon budget for corporate and community emissions commensurate with limiting warming to 1.5ºC, re-evaluate how to best measure such emissions, and report annually on the expenditure of the City of Richmond's remaining carbon budget.
3) THAT Council direct staff to establish a “Climate and Equity” working group to provide guidance and support for the City’s efforts to transition off of fossil fuels in ways that prioritize those most vulnerable to climate impacts and most in need of support in transitioning to renewable energy.
Will you sign the petition so kids across the world know you have their back for the school strike here in Richmond? For more information, please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/2305983389463719/?active_tab=about
This action is taking place on the unceded homeland of the Hul’q’umi’num’ language group and we acknowledge that the climate crisis is a by-product of colonialism and capitalism which Indigenous peoples have resisted since the first contact and which settler allies seek to resist, confront and transform in our daily lives as guests on these sacred territories.
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