As you may know, starting September 20, climate activist Greta Thunberg is leading a global youth-led movement. People in over 150 countries are sharing their voices, calling for policy to address climate change and pushing leaders to speed the transition to clean energy. The current rate of emissions causing climate change, if continued, puts the earth on a path to seeing 3–4 degrees of warming by mid-century. This will cause significant impacts to where we live, work and play.
As Canada’s leading outdoor retail co-op, we are deeply concerned. We have known for a long time that operating our business and selling products has an impact on the planet. While our record of leadership in sustainability and advocacy makes us frontrunners in the outdoor industry, we recognize the need to take an even greater stand.
We want to provide our staff with the opportunity to join Global Climate Strike demonstrations in their communities and let their voices be heard. On Friday, September 27, all MEC stores across the country will remain closed until 5pm (local time) to support staff who choose to lend their voice to the movement. Staff at our Head Office, Distribution Centres and Service Centre will also have the opportunity to join local demonstrations.
This is the first time we are doing something of this magnitude and we understand the decision may impact members who have already planned a visit or booked services at one of our stores. Feel free to contact the Service Centre or your local MEC, so we can accommodate you ahead of September 27.
We are members of this Co-op because we share a love of the outdoors. It’s time to act so we can protect it for generations to come.