Greta Thunberg is heading north.
The 16-year-old climate and environment activist from Sweden has announced her plans to travel to Alberta following “a few days of well needed rest while enjoying the spectacular nature of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana,” according to a post on her Twitter account on October 12.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) October 13, 2019
Thunberg has become a household name over the past year after her school strike for climate saw momentum the world over, with an estimated 6 to 7.6 million people participating in the 2019 event.
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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.
Now Thunberg is heading to Canada’s oil and gas centre, Alberta, which a 2018 survey found to be more opposed to the fact that the global temperature is rising than any other Canadian province.
Unsurprising, the trip’s announcement has been met with mixed responses, with everything from warm welcomes to dire warnings.
I’m actually worried for her
— Yanna (@yannascsc) October 13, 2019
You are very welcome by many in #Alberta, Greta, don’t let some people tell you that you’re not. People need inspiration and facts, especially here. Your leadership is important and is making a difference. Keep up the great work showing all that one person can make a difference.
— Maureen Shenher (@maureenshenher2) October 13, 2019
Perhaps you are starting to appreciate nature and understand there is no evidence of a “climate crisis”
I certainly hope so.
— Tony Heller (@Tony__Heller) October 13, 2019
Greta, I am looking forward to your visit. There are many here who agree with you. I hope Albertans show you hospitality and kindness, but I worry they won’t.
Have a wonderful time of rest. I hope you get to see some of the beautiful land in those states, they are breathtaking!
— alison 🏳️🌈 (migraine zombie) (@alisonborealis) October 13, 2019
One of the online responses was from Calgary city councillor Diane ColleyUrquhart, who invited the activist to address city council if she found herself in YYC.
“Greta we are delighted you are coming to Alberta. Please come to Calgary! We will recognize you in Council Chambers and have you address us. Maybe you can speak at our Climate Change Symposium if your sked permits. It would be great for you to examine our City of Calgary Plan.”
What Greta is able to do is just incredible. I don’t get fussed by negativity and those that have an opposing view. And if comments get personal I just consider where it comes from. Greta is fascinating to me. Articulate. Brilliant. Fearless.
— Diane ColleyUrquhart (@BigRedyyc) October 14, 2019
When Thunberg will be arriving in Alberta and where she will be travelling to has not yet been specified.