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Standing Up for the Climate – participants in the youth climate strike are seen early Friday afternoon outside the Jim Smith Building.

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Ella Bradford, Sophie Molgat and Keegan Newnham-Boyd

Climate strike held hours before Poilievre rally

On the same day that Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre came to Whitehorse to rally against carbon taxes,

By Mark Page on September 18, 2023

On the same day that Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre came to Whitehorse to rally against carbon taxes, the city’s youth took to the steps of the Yukon Legislative Assembly building Friday to protest for stricter policies to combat climate change.

“Climate change is a threat that is going to harm everyone, and it is going to have dire impact on everyone’s way of life and everyone’s well-being,” said 17-year-old Ella Bradford.

“We want to take it seriously so that we don’t have to be scared for our future.”

The protests are part of the ongoing global climate strike in which youth skip school to rally against inaction on climate change.

About 40 people turned out for the protest, including students, activists and local politicians.

“We are out here today to protest for climate action,” said organizer Keegan Newnham-Boyd, also 17. “We want the Yukon government to take climate change seriously.”

Sophie Molgat, another 17-year-old event organizer, said the group was also out to draw attention to the work of the Yukon First Nation Climate Action Fellowship.

The fellowship is a youth-led First Nation advocacy organization integrating Indigenous ways of thinking and being into their philosophy of a “reconnection vision” to combat the effects of climate change and advocate 
for action.

Criticizing the Yukon government, Molgat said it had created goals, but those goals are still not being implemented.

“All of that has been created to be put into action, and it is not being put into action,” 
Molgat said.

Several members of the legislature were in attendance at the climate strike, including NDP Leader Kate White and Liberal ministers John Streicker, Richard Mostyn and Nils Clarke.

“There’s a lot of work happening and more work to do,” Streicker said about tackling climate change.

Asked what he thought about the climate strike happening on the same day Poilievre rallied against the carbon tax, Streicker said it was good to see the youth putting out a contrasting message.

He said he does believe putting a price tag on carbon emissions can be an effective way to combat climate change.

“That’s why I’m happy the youth are holding a rally on the same day,” he said.

Comments (6)

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Douglas Martens on Sep 20, 2023 at 8:08 am

Might as well DEMAND X3 food prices and absurd levels of inflation on everything else because if oil and gas production disappears this will be the direct result of your climate protest.

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Pjt1959 on Sep 19, 2023 at 8:41 pm

To all the climate change protesters give up all your products that contain petroleum byproducts, your flights south and have only wood heat hand cut & hauled home, oh &no fancy cars. Then go & protest climate change.

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Jim on Sep 19, 2023 at 7:34 pm

Someone should have asked, Streicker, Mostyn, Clarke and White, exactly what has all the carbon tax paid by taxpayers, shipping companies and grocery stores done to help climate change. Do they realize they were partaking in a protest that was due to their failure to meet goals as well?

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Nathan Living on Sep 19, 2023 at 11:46 am

This strike makes so much sense, we have to save the planet.

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Who’s opinion? on Sep 18, 2023 at 8:36 pm

These youth that just represent what their parents or adults tell them. Enough said.

Funny how the only ones backing them politically are those who want to hand out money to everyone but those who actually work and pay the bills (taxes).

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Dave on Sep 18, 2023 at 5:12 pm

All my carbon taxes and Liberal navel gazing family budget wrecking “Making Everyday Life More Expensive” ideas are accomplishing exactly nothing.

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