Thousands flocked to Edmonton climate strike (PHOTOS)

Oct 21 2019, 11:10 am

The streets of Edmonton were flooded with climate change protesters on Friday.

The Strike For Climate Action: Greta Thunberg in amiskwaciwâskahikan event was held at 11 am on October 19, bringing out approximately 10,000 to 12,000 attendees.

One of the participants — you may have guessed — was world-renowned climate activist, Greta Thunberg, who spoke to the sprawling crowd during the protest.

“Thank you for the wonderful reception I have received here in Alberta, people are so nice and I am very proud to be with you here today in Edmonton,” she said.

“Young people all around the globe are today sacrificing their education to bring attention to the climate and ecological emergency. We are not doing this because we want to, we aren’t doing it because it’s fun, we aren’t doing it because we have a special interest in the climate or because we want to be politicians when we grow up — we are doing it because our future is at stake. We are doing it because, in this crisis, we will not be bystanders, and we are doing it because we want the people in power to unite behind the science.”

According to organizers, a similar Edmonton event in March saw just 500 attendees.

Here’s a look at the crowd that came of out Friday’s climate strike:

 

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