Surrey For Future and Sustainabiliteens displayed a banner in support of the Global Climate Strike outside of Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai’s constiuency office on Friday (March 19, 2021), while also demanding Bill C-12 be strengthened. (Submitted photo: Surrey For Future)

Surrey For Future and Sustainabiliteens displayed a banner in support of the Global Climate Strike outside of Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai’s constiuency office on Friday (March 19, 2021), while also demanding Bill C-12 be strengthened. (Submitted photo: Surrey For Future)

Surrey For Future, Sustainabiliteens drop banner in support of Global Climate Strike

Banner drop in from of Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai’s office

Surrey For Future and Sustainabiliteens displayed a banner in support of the Global Climate Strike on Friday (March 19).

The two organizations held a “banner drop” outside of Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai’s constituency office, advocating for climate action, according to a release. It was part of the Fridays for Future Global Day of Climate Action, “as youth activists around the world demand climate justice from world leaders.”

READ MORE: Surrey rallies for change in global climate strike, Sept. 20, 2019

The climate strikes are part of Fridays for Future, which was started by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg in August of 2018.

The two organizations are demanding the federal government amend Bill C-12, the Canadian Net Zero Emissions Accountability Act, “to include emissions targets for the year 2025.”

“The bill’s current 2030 targets will be too little, too late for Canada.”

Arshia Uppal, a youth activist with the Surrey Sustainabiliteens, said politicians need to be advocating for causes such as Bill C-12.

“When we work together, the climate movement goes from being ‘the climate crisis against the world’ to ‘the world against the climate crisis,’” she noted.

“The hard truth is that, although governments are becoming more inclined to listen to youth, they are most willing to make change when people in political power advocate for climate justice.”

Naisha Khan, also with Surrey Sustainabiliteens, said “we are tired and scared for our future.”

“We gathered in the middle of a pandemic to be here as we cannot simply just sit in class and watch the climate crisis worsen.”

Surrey For Future, according to the release, advocates for urgent climate action, organizing climate strikes since May 2019 and “successfully campaigned for the City of Surrey to declare a climate emergency in November 2019.”

The Surrey chapter of Sustainabiliteens was created in March 2020, and youth participated in the national “Not Going Back” campaign on Sept. 25, 2020 with a local youth climate strike.

READ MORE: ‘A great day’: Surrey council unanimously declares a climate emergency, Nov. 1, 2019

READ MORE: Surrey youth protest throne speech as part of Global Day of Action, Sept. 25, 2020



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Climate changeEnvironmentGlobal climate action

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Parking lots were nearly full in White Rock Sunday (April 18) afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)
White Rock driver cited for vehicle noise akin to that made by a plane

West Beach resident calls for increased enforcement as summer traffic ramps up

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Chief Constable Norm Lipinski, Surrey Police Service. (Submitted photo)
Surrey Police Service to begin public consultation late June, early July

Community input, chief constable says, ‘will occur’

Surrey RCMP reunited three stolen puppies with their mom. (RCMP handout)
Puppies stolen from South Surrey home located, reunited with mom

Surrey RCMP said they found the stolen puppies on April 16

Welcome to your park sign marks the spot where 84th Avenue will continue east from King George Boulevard 
to 140th Street as part of a $13 million road project. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Road Rage: Opposition mounts anew to Surrey’s plan for 84 Ave. at south end of Bear Creek Park

Same place, same project, same fight as Surrey prepares once again to connect 84th Avenue between King George and 140th Street in Newton

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

John Wekking, Merritt Road Report - Facebook
 Coquihalla Road Report
Wildfire sparks off Coquihalla in Merritt

The wildfire is located near the Dollarama off of Highway 5

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read