Human Rights Award to be presented to Sustainabiliteens

Sustainabiliteens is this year’s recipient of the Renate Shearer human rights award.

This award, presented annually on International Human Rights Day, recognizes a group or individual’s significant contribution to advancing human rights, dignity, and justice over the previous year. The award is presented by the Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Human Rights Clinic and the United Nations Association, Vancouver Branch.

Sustainabiliteens is a network of youth leaders advocating for climate justice in our communities. This year, the group achieved a number of significant victories, including persuading the City of Vancouver to declare a “climate emergency” and organizing a massive “climate strike” that saw tens of thousands of young people take to the streets to demand action and accountability on climate change.

“We know that climate change is among the most significant human rights issues of our time” said Aleem Bharmal, a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of the Community Legal Assistance Society. “People who already face disadvantage and discrimination are feeling the impacts of climate change first, and will suffer the most. We are inspired by the leadership of the Sustainabiliteens as they fight for climate solutions rooted in equity and justice.”

The award will be presented on December 10 at the Law Courts Inn in Vancouver. The event is free and open to the public.

What: Presentation of the Renate Shearer human rights award to Sustainabiliteens
When: December 10, 2019, 5:30-8pm
Where: Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver