The Global Climate Strike is happening this week with thousands of groups in cities all across the world participating, and for the first time ever Brampton has a contingent of climate activists who have come together to host a strike locally.

The strike is being hosted by local nonprofit Climate ChangeHers and is happening on Friday, September 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Garden Square at the corner of Queen Street and Main Street. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

A climate strike was held on September 20 ahead of the UN emergency climate summit as a way to draw attention from world leaders, and a second demonstration is happening across the globe to “sound the alarm and show our politicians that business as usual is no longer an option”, according to Global Climate Strike’s website.

“The 1.5 Degree Report revealed that the next 10 years will be the most critical time of our existence to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees, says Miranda Baksh, Co-founder of Climate ChangeHers.

“One degree may not sound significant, but to put it into perspective, global warming of 1.5-2 degrees will increase wildfires, decrease rainforest biomass and lethal heatwaves in countries like Pakistan and India may occur annually which has consequences to ecosystems and our health.”

Climate change has become a pressing issue for decision-makers across the world as scientists continue to sound the alarm and citizens demand action. More than 60 per cent of Canadians believe climate change is real and requires action from the government.

and is a big concern for people, especially Millennials, going into the Federal election, and the organizers of the event hope to show their support for climate action.

Find out more about the event by following @ClimateChangeHERS on Instagram.