Greta Thunberg coming to post-election climate strike in Vancouver – CTV News

Greta Thunberg coming to \post-election\ climate strike in Vancouver - CTV News
Greta Thunberg to attend Vancouver climate strike, organizers say
In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends an interview with the Associated Press before the Climate Strike, at City Hall, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

VANCOUVER – Teen activist Greta Thunberg will be in Vancouver this week attending a climate strike planned for Friday.

"The movement will take to the streets again this Friday for a post-election climate strike featuring local Indigenous activists," organizers said in a release.

The rally begins at 11 a.m. Friday in the square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Organizers say its to ensure climate action is at the forefront of politicians minds following the election.

"I was too young to vote in Mondays election. So I, along with the rest of my generation, am raising my voice in the only way available to me: taking to the streets," organizer Allie Ho said in a news release.

Thunberg joined a similar event in Edmonton last week as protesters marched on that provinces legislature demanding action on climate change.

The 16-year-old from Sweden has been striking from school over environmental concerns since August 2018. She gained international attention, spoken at United Nations summits and been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Fridays rally follows several other recent climate strikes in Vancouver. On Sept. 27, thousands of people gathered outside City Hall to march into downtown via the Cambie Street Bridge as part of the General Strike for Climate Justice. It coincided with other climate marches around the world, and Thunberg attended one in Montreal where up to 300,000 people may have taken part.

Climate action group Extinction Rebellion led another demonstration that shut down the Burrard Street Bridge to vehicle traffic on Oct. 7, coordinated with other demonstrations on arterial bridges in cities across the country. After that, Extinction Rebellion organized a smaller protest marching through downtown Vancouver during rush hour on Oct. 18.

"We know we are in a climate crisis, and people worldwide are already suffering from the impacts. We are going to keep showing up until our government acts with the urgency required to prevent further catastrophe, climate strike organizer Sam Lin said in the release.

As the final results from the 2019 election are tallied, some clear winners and losers have emerged in British Columbia. 4

Climate activist Greta Thunberg will be in Vancouver for a post-election climate strike in the city's downtown core on Friday, according to rally organizers.

Thunberg, 16, has been abandoning school in favour of climate demonstrations since August 2018. Her once-individual movement has grown into a worldwide youth effort, including climate strikes held in unison across Canada and the rest of the world to demand world leaders do more to combat the climate crisis.

The Swedish activist will be outside the Vancouver Art Gallery for her 62nd school strike on Friday, according to Sustainabiliteens, a group of teenagers that has organized previous climate strikes in Vancouver. 

In a statement, the group said youth are pushing for cross-party collaboration from a newly elected minority federal government to tackle the climate crisis.

"I was too young to vote in Monday's election, so I, along with the rest of my generation, am raising my voice in the only way available to me: taking to the streets," wrote one organizer, Allie Ho.

Thunberg was in Edmonton last week to join thousands of protesters marching in Canada's energy heartland. A smaller counter-rally led by a truck convoy of oil and gas workers also converged on Edmonton.

"We're not doing this because it's fun or because we have a special interest in the climate or because we want to become politicians when we grow up. We're doing this because our future is at stake," Thunberg told a cheering crowd, which organizers estimated was 10,000-strong, from the steps of the Alberta legislature building.

Students and workers inspired by Thunberg abandoned schools and offices on Sept. 20 to pressure global leaders gathering for the UN Summit in New York City. Weeks later, the Cambie Street Bridge and Burrard Street Bridge, arterial bridges into downtown Vancouver, were completely shut down as demonstrators, mostly teenagers, marched for the same cause.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hung onto power Monday after a tight federal election that saw his government reduced to a minority.

Thunberg met with Trudeau ahead of the election and told him he hasn't been doing enough to protect the environment from the threat of runaway climate change.

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