Canva follows Atlassian’s lead and urges its employees to grab their free lunch and attend the Global Climate Strike

Canva co-founders Cliff Obrecht, Mel Perkins, and Cameron Adams. Canva
  • Canva is the latest Australian company to get behind Future Super’s Not Business as Usual campaign in support of the Global Climate Strikes on 20 and 27 September.
  • Canva co-founder Cameron Adams told Business Insider Australia the company will be helping employees attend the strikes and providing placards and banners to them to “send a strong, unified message”. It will also be hosting design templates on its site to help customers get behind the strikes.
  • The decision follows Aussie companies including Atlassian, KeepCup, Energy Lab, Grok Ventures and Small Giants already signing up to the campaign.

Canva has heeded Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes’ call for Aussie companies to get behind the Global Climate Strikes scheduled for later this month, becoming the latest high-profile signatory to the ‘Not Business as Usual Campaign’.

The campaign launched by Future Super CEO and former GetUp! boss Simon Sheikh aims to get Australian businesses to pledge support to the protests scheduled around the world on 20 and 27 September, either side of the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

Canva co-founder Cameron Adams told Business Insider Australia he will be attending the Global Climate Strike’s Sydney event at The Domain with his wife and children — and he is making it as easy as possible for his staff to join him.

“The upcoming climate strikes are an important way to send a message to key decision makers that the people of Australia care about this issue,” Adams said.

“The fact that these climate strikes have been student-led but have now garnered support from different industries and age groups means that we have a rare opportunity to send a unified message with one voice.”

Canva’s infamous daily in-house lunch at its Surry Hills headquarters will be held earlier on 20 September and provided in a “portable format” to “ensure anyone attending has the energy to get there”, Adams said.

The design website’s employees will not have to take personal leave to attend the protests and Canva will even be supplying placards and banners to wave at the event — although Adams hastens to add that they will be produced using “environmentally friendly processes”.

Canva’s customers are also being encouraged to get onboard the strikes, with specific design templates being hosted on the platform that “make it easy for people to send their own message to their social circles in support of the strike”.

The company already offers a number of climate change-specific poster templates on its popular graphic design website.

Adams said he hopes a “strong enough show of support” at the strikes will convince governments and decision makers that “something needs to be done now”.

He might want to pack a few extra lunches.