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Green bonds are going from ‘niche’ to ‘mainstream’: Can Canada catch up?

Pressure from young climate activists is pushing investors to embrace so-called sustainable bonds, experts say.

These days, as the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan decides where to invest its billions, every move it makes is green-tested by future investors — environmental crusaders like Aliya Hirji.

 

At 16, Hirji, is younger than most organizers in her youth-led climate change advocacy group, Fridays for Future Toronto. She studies the financial markets and their intersection with climate change.

“A lot of adults in my life have thought that I’m ‘going to grow out of it,’” says Hirji, referring to her climate activism.

“And dealing with those (critics) is not always the most fun. But it’s part of the job.”

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