If you're planning to pick up a Lord of Misrule bath bomb, you might want to run before the mall closes tonight – or save your shopping trip until Saturday. That's because LUSH is shuttering all their locations in Canada (as well as their website) on Friday, Sept. 27 to encourage people to join climate strikes across the country.
This Friday, climate activists are holding protests, marches and demonstrations to demand action from government leaders. More information about the Global Climate Strike and a listing of all participating cities, towns and neighbourhoods is available online. LUSH is contributing by closing their stores and Canadian website for the day, to allow their staff to join the strikes and encourage shoppers to also take part.
“As a business with deep roots in environmental activism, giving our thousands of staff the time to get out there and demand bold action is a no brainer," LUSH Cosmetics North America representative Mark Wolverton said in a release. "We all share this planet, so we need to band together to sound the alarm and show our politicians that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option. The climate crisis won’t wait, and neither will we.”
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has also announced it will close all 22 of its Canadian stores until 5 PM local time, so that employees have the chance to join the protests in their cities. If you hear of any other stores or websites that plan to shut down for the day, let us know in the comments! We'll add them to this post.