Canada's young climate leaders

These brave, well-spoken young activists range in age from 10 to 19. They hail from seven Canadian provinces and one territory. All are concerned about the world they’re inheriting. (Photo: Robin Loznak via Our Children’s Trust)

On October 25, 2019, 15 Canadian youth, representing seven provinces and one territory, filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada.

They’re alleging that the federal government causes, contributes to and allows dangerous levels of greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for the specific, individualized climate change impacts they are experiencing.

This case moves the Canadian youth climate movement from the streets to the courts. It aims to change how we govern, run our economies, and protect and preserve a safe, livable climate for future generations.

The youth are supported by the David Suzuki Foundation, Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation and Our Children’s Trust and represented by law firms Arvay Finlay LLP and Tollefson Law Corporation.

We’re inspired by these brave, bold young climate leaders. This is the first of three posts introducing the plaintiffs. Stay tuned for more of their stories.

For more information, read our October 25 news release.