Hundreds of youth in Vancouver took part in a massive walkout and rally on Friday to voice their concerns around climate change and what they see as a lack of political will and action on the issue.
The rally was held in response to what participants said is a lack of real action on the part of adults, and those in positions of power, towards cutting greenhouse emissions in Canada – and around the world.
It was one of numerous rallies held around the globe, including in Victoria.
The students marched through the streets of the downtown core, before converging outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Longtime Environmental activist David Suzuki addressed the crowd during the event as well.
Friday’s climate rally follows another recent, similar rally in March.
That one, known as the the School Strike for Climate, or #climatestrike, is part of an international movement to have young people’s voices heard about climate change.
A recent survey found that two thirds of Canadian millennials think Canada needs to do more to address climate change, according to a recent Canada 150 Climate Change survey.
In particular, those aged 18-34 were most adamant that change is needed, with more than 70% demanding more action.