Climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired mass-climate strikes around the world, will be marching in a strike in Edmonton on Friday.
The Environmental advocacy group Climate Justice Edmonton announced 16-year-old Thunberg will be in the province’s capital to join “people of all ages from across Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territory” to fight for a future that:
- Respects climate science
- Upholds Indigenous rights and sovereignty
- Creates millions of good jobs
- Enshrines dignity and justice for all
The public is invited to meet at the Beaver Hills House Park at 11 am to march to the Alberta Legislature for a rally at 12 pm.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 16, 2019
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While Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson has already issued an invite to Thunberg to visit city hall to discuss some of the environmentally friendly projects the city is working on, the Alberta government has yet to set up any meetings with the Sweedish teen.
You’re visiting #Alberta! I’d love to invite you to #YEG’s City Hall to discuss the #EdmontonDeclaration & some of the environmentally friendly projects we’re working on. https://t.co/FZyq8zpJ2E
Regardless of where you visit, I wish you nothing but the best
— Don Iveson (@doniveson) October 15, 2019
“I think when you look at some of Miss Thunberg’s comments, she doesn’t understand our province, that she doesn’t understand the reality that to accomplish climate change goals worldwide, we need Alberta as part of that solution,” said Environment Minister Jason Nixon on Tuesday.
The strike in Edmonton follows similar events that took place throughout not only North America but in cities around the globe last month, calling on leaders to take real action on climate change.
Thunberg has been making her way through North America after she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to take part in the UN’s climate action summit last month.
Her speeches the UN Climate Change COP24 Conference in 2018 and at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York have drawn the eyes of millions of viewers, in which she delivers blunt, impassioned words about the impending fate of the Earth as we know it.
“‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth — how dare you!” she said in New York.
When: Friday, October 18
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Beaver Hills House Park, 10158 103 Street NW #401, Edmonton
With files from Chandler Walter.