Members of a group that was founded in the UK last year are planning to take over the Burrard Bridge this upcoming Monday, as part of a Canada-wide, and global climate protest.
The group, Extinction Rebellion, said members of its group will be occupying bridges all across Canada, in what it has dubbed the #BridgeOut campaign.
“In Vancouver, we will be peacefully occupying Burrard bridge, turning it into a hub for climate discourse, musical performances, and family-friendly festivities,” the group states. The protests won’t just be a one-day, single-location event, however.
On its website, Extinction Rebellion states that beginning on October 7, and lasting for two weeks, the group will “peacefully occupy the centres of power and shut them down until governments act on the climate and ecological emergency.”
The event comes after climate strikes were held in cities all around the world last Friday, including here in Vancouver.
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At the core of its efforts, the group said it has three key demands:
- Governments must tell the whole truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency;
- Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025;
- To get beyond politics, governments must create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.
The group says the protests are necessary because “time is running out. We’re almost at the point of no return. The governments are doing nothing. Businesses are doing nothing.”
The group states that “all around the world cities are organizing under the banner of this decentralized movement, preparing for another full scale international rebellion in late September and October.”
Extinction Rebellion Vancouver, it adds, “has been working hard in preparation for these dates. We invite you to join us.”