Published: Sat, September 28, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Canadian youth gather en masse across Canada to demand drastic climate action

Canadian youth gather en masse across Canada to demand drastic climate action

"The climate crisis is an emergency but we're not acting like it", says the website for the global climate strike.

Thunberg was in Montreal on Friday to take part in the climate strike there and to speak with Justin Trudeau.

From St. John's to Tofino, B.C., and as far north as Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, marches are planned in at least 85 Canadian cities and towns, as part of the worldwide climate movement. "We have also reduced per capita consumption 51 by per cent since 2008, with 46 per cent of the power from a renewable source in 2018-19, with 49mw from solar plants", said chief operating officer Pravin Rao.

Thousands of people from across the National Capital Region made their way downtown on Friday to call for governments to do more when it comes to climate change. Participants carried signs saying "We're skipping school to teach YOU a lesson", "Denial = Death" and "What Greta said!". It was fantastic to see so many people mobilized for this cause.

The demonstrations were sparked by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, with many participants echoing the anger she expressed to world leaders this week at a United Nations summit in NY.

"Many schools, post-secondary institutions, businesses and concerned citizens everywhere are going to pause to consider our collective responsibility when it comes to the environment", said President Claude Brulé in a statement.

In Metro Vancouver, at least eight events are being planned for Friday, with the largest expected to start at noon at Vancouver City Hall.

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We are lucky enough to have climate activist Greta Thunberg leading the Montreal climate strike along with the now estimated 400,000 other protesters. Most of the federal party leaders are joining marchers, who are demanding cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions.

"For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear", she told them.

Thousands of people gathered outside Vancouver City Hall Friday afternoon to march into downtown Vancouver as part of a massive, global day of action. "It is a very good day, I would say".

Thunberg was expected to take part in the strike in Montreal on Friday expected to attract thousands.

"It's obviously Greta's choice who she wants to meet with, but it's really clear that Mr. Trudeau promised really clearly in 2015 that he would not build the Trans Mountain, that he would oppose it", Singh said during an announcement on coastal protection.

One group of hundreds marched along York Street in the Byward Market, chanting 'no more coal, no more oil, keep that garbage in the soil'.

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