Youth participate in direct action training in Vancouver

Youth participate in direct action training in Vancouver

Monday August 19, 2019

Workshops begin as Trans Mountain Pipeline construction looms 

Unceded Coast Salish Territory (VANCOUVER, BC) — About 40 youth participated in a non-violent direct action training over the weekend in Vancouver, learning the tools they would need to stand in solidarity with the Indigenous-led resistance to the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

At the training, participants learned what it means to take part in non-violent direct action, and received the latest information on pipeline construction. The training was co-hosted by Protect the Inlet and Stand.earth, with participation from members of the youth-led Sustainabiliteens Vancouver and Our Time groups. 

“We are in a climate emergency and we need intersectional climate justice now — by protecting migrant and labour rights and standing for Indigenous sovereignty. Climate justice demands we save our planet in part by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and by stopping projects like the Trans Mountain Pipeline,” said Avery Shannon, a youth organizer with Our Time and Protect The Inlet. “Sometimes, when you are facing a crisis, you have to take steps that you might not normally consider. Nonviolent civil disobedience is a powerful way for youth to make our voices heard.”

The training was organized by the Indigenous-led Protect the Inlet movement, which was responsible for mobilizing hundreds of people to take bold action against the Trans Mountain Pipeline. From March to August 2018, more than 240 people were arrested for violating an injunction while demonstrating against the pipeline. These acts of civil disobedience helped create a national political crisis over the project.

“Today’s training shows how young people are ready to take it upon themselves to fight the climate crisis and stop projects like the Trans Mountain Pipeline that are destroying the Earth,” said Sven Biggs, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Stand.earth.

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Media contact: Sven Biggs, Climate & Energy Campaigner, sven@stand.earth, 778-882-8354