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MEC, Lush Cosmetics will close stores in Canada for a climate strike on Friday

Two major retailers based in BC, close their doors on Friday to support climate strikes planned throughout Canada.

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) says it will close all stores on September 27 until 17:00. local time "to support staff who decided to vote for the movement".

Lush Cosmetics says it will also close all operations on this day, including stores, headquarters, website and production in Toronto and Vancouver.

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Millions of people around the world took to the streets last Friday for a global climate strike event that aimed to put pressure on world leaders to take more urgent action on climate change.

These demonstrations were more repressed in much of Canada, and many Canadian cities carried out climate strikes next week, coinciding with the arrival of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to Montreal.

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In a letter to members of the cooperative, MEC's ​​CEO, Phil Arrata, said he thought the company's participation was important.

"We have long known that running our business and selling products has an impact on our planet," Arrata wrote.

"Although our leadership position in the field of sustainable development and advocacy makes us pioneers in the outdoor industry, we are aware of the need to take an even bigger position.

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"The current rate of emissions causing climate change, if it continues, puts the earth on the road to seeing 3-4 degrees of warming by the middle of the century. This will have a significant impact on where we live, work and play. "

Mark Wolverton, CEO of Lush Cosmetics North America, said his company has always had deep roots in environmental efforts.

"Giving thousands of employees time to get out and demand bold action is not a problem," he said.

"We all share this planet, so we need to get together to trigger the alarm and show our politicians that" normal operation "is no longer an option."

Arrata said that with the closing of retail stores, the company would also allow the participation of warehouse and headquarters employees.

According to several activist groups, at least 860 cities around the world have planned demonstrations for September 27.

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