Statement on COVID-19 and April 3rd Strike Alternatives   

March 12, 2020
 

VICTORIA, B.C. - With the advent of the Covid-19 virus across the world, it is important to be careful about large gatherings of people. Addressing and supporting the climate crisis is incredibly important for the sanctity of our future, and Our Earth, Our Future wants to make sure we raise awareness for it in a safe, considerable manner for our supporters and our community. After examining the issue, and the high-turnout and risk due to the demographics and the diverse crowd for events like these, we have concluded that the April 3rd strike should be postponed for the health of everyone involved.

This is not to cause panic or alarm, but we must ensure that public safety comes first. 

 

Please see the bottom for more information on what we are planning for us to act in solidarity with the global movement, without a huge in-person strike.

Current Situation - 03/12

The coronavirus is spreading throughout the world. Though Canada has a lot of infrastructure in place to combat its spread, we are seeing cases pop up throughout the country, including on the Island. The Public Health Agency encourages precaution with large gatherings.

 

Activists around the world are reflecting on the April 3 strike and being mindful of the impact of large events.

 

Risk Assessment

OEOF has decided to cancel the strike on April 3rd for the following reasons. 

 

Our Earth, Our Future has no control over the participants of its events. We cannot monitor the places people stay before the strike, number of participants, or the presence of people in risk groups. 

 

Older adults, people with immune compromising conditions and chronic diseases appear to be at greater risk of severe disease. Furthermore, the larger the number of participants, the greater the likelihood of a participant being a case of COVID-19. Large numbers of people may also create greater likelihood of crowding. OEOF can not guarantee enough space to ensure more than 2-meter distance between every participant, especially considering volumes of crowds being possibly thousands.


Alternatives to in-person strikes

Our team is currently working hard on generating alternative actions to an in-person strike. We will release our alternative event(s) on Sunday, March 15th, so stay tuned for more info. 
 
Sources

Public Health Agency of Canada. “Government of Canada.” Canada.ca, Government of Canada, 11 Mar. 2020, www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html#a3  

 

Public Health Agency of Canada. “Government of Canada.” Canada.ca, Government of Canada, 10 Mar. 2020, www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html 

 

Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the Context of the Current COVID-19 Outbreak. World Health Organization, 14 Feb. 2020, 

https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331004/WHO-2019-nCoV-POEmassgathering-2020.1-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y  

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