Young Canadians are suing their government over climate change, green groups say

Young Canadians are suing their government over climate change, green groups say

VANCOUVER—Fifteen young Canadians are set to file a lawsuit against the federal government over climate change, according to two prominent environmental organizations.

In a joint media release, Our Children’s Trust and the David Suzuki Foundation say that 15 young people from across Canada will file a lawsuit Friday claiming that the government has violated their rights to life, liberty and security of the person — which are guaranteed under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — by contributing to high greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

They also claim that the government violated their equality rights under Section 15 of the charter, because youth are affected by climate change more than any other group.

The 15 young people are said to be from across Canada and include B.C.-based climate activist and spokesperson Sierra Robinson.

They will be joined by their families and other environmental activists at a news conference ahead of a climate march in Vancouver, also planned for Friday. International climate activist Greta Thunberg is expected to make an appearance at the march.

The 15 youth are represented by the law firms of Arvay Finlay LLP and Tollefson Law Corp., and are partnered with the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Our Children’s Trust.

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Cherise Seucharan

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