With Black Friday expected to bring out crowds of people scouring stores for deals tomorrow, one activist group in Vancouver is hoping to draw attention to the plight of the planet with a protest in the city’s downtown core at the same time.
Organized by Extinction Rebellion, who have held a variety of protests in the city recently, including a day-long event that shut down the Burrard Bridge to vehicle traffic.
The group has dubbed this Friday’s event as a Black Friday: Funeral For Extinction procession.
“Extinction Rebellion Vancouver knows that business as usual equals death,” the group writes on Facebook. “On Black Friday, we will be having a funeral procession to signify that if we continue down this path, the climate and ecological crisis will worsen, leaving us with a future of droughts, floods, and starvation.”
The group says that during the procession-style protest “we will mourn for the future of our planet, our ecosystems, and the lives lost due to climate crisis (human and non-human).”
The procession will start in Art Phillips Park, 625 Burrard Street, at 1 pm.
It will then snake its way through the streets and malls of downtown Vancouver. Those planning to attend the event are asked to wear “black funeral attire and be as theatrical as possible e.g. face veils, top hats, suits etc.” People are also being encouraged to bring signs.
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The group says that following the procession, a “post-funeral wake” dubbed “EarthWake” will take place. This event will include a clothing swap and live performers, among other things.
“Although we know that individual actions are not enough and we are demanding system change, it is important for people to learn and practice these skills for the future,” the group writes.