Greta Thunberg says she didn't decline Victoria invite over ferry emissions

Oct 23 2019, 10:49 am

On Tuesday afternoon, Greta Thunberg shared on social media that she’d be paying a visit to Vancouver to join in a climate strike.

Shortly after the announcement, however, reports circulated that the teen activist had denied an invitation to speak in front of BC’s provincial legislature, due to emissions from BC Ferries vessels.

She quickly clarified that wasn’t the case and stated that she didn’t “know anything about an invitation to Victoria,” and that “there’s unfortunately not enough time to visit everywhere.”

“I have definitely not declined it because of ’emissions’ from the public transport ferry,” she writes on social media.

The post-election climate rally that Thunberg will participate in is scheduled for Friday, October 25 between 11 am and 2 pm.

The rally organizers, Sustainabiliteens Vancouver, say their Facebook event page that the march will travel through approximately three km of Vancouver’s downtown core.

During the rally, organizers say that they will “outline important next steps for climate strikers across Canada” and “show that [they] will continue standing up to those in power for [their] futures.”

Greta Thunberg’s participation in recent climate strikes

Thunberg has been participating in climate strikes across the US and Canada over the past two months. The 16-year-old Swedish student and climate activist has become a global force in the fight against climate change.

In September, Thunberg attended the Global Climate Strike in Montreal and also met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Last week, Thunberg attended a rally outside the Alberta legislature in Edmonton. Crowds of counter-protesters, led by supporters of Alberta’s oil industry, were also in attendance. Shortly after the rally, a mural of Thunberg painted on a “free wall” near the legislature was defaced.

Thunberg has become a household name over the past year after her school strike for climate saw momentum the world over, with an estimated six to 7.6 million people participating in the 2019 event.

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.

With files from Simran Singh, Chandler Walter, and Darcy Matheson