Teen activist Greta Thunberg coming to Vancouver for climate strike

Oct 22 2019, 11:58 am

Teen activist Greta Thunberg will be in Vancouver to attend a post-election climate rally on Friday.

“No matter what happens during the election, we will not stop taking to the streets! Join us and Greta Thunberg on October 25, 11 am – 2 pm PT, at the Vancouver Art Gallery for our next climate strike!” said rally organizers, Sustainabiliteens Vancouver, on their Facebook event page.

Organizers say the march will travel through approximately three km of Vancouver’s downtown core throughout the afternoon.

During the event, organizers say 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.”

Sources tell Daily Hive the teen activist will also meet with members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation during her visit. When Thunberg was in Alberta, she spent time meeting leaders of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation discussing the oilsands. The meeting was kept quiet in an effort not to have it disrupted by pro-energy counter-protesters.

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 as we know it.

With files from Chandler Walter and Darcy Matheson.