Hundreds of thousands of Canadians participate in climate protests

Pablo Tucker
September 28, 2019

From St. John's to Tofino, B.C., and as far north as Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, marches are planned in at least 85 Canadian cities and towns, as part of the worldwide climate movement. 40,000+ people attended the Wellington strike, which was co-hosted by the 350.org Pacific Climate Warriors. Young people had to act, 14-year-old Armand Headland said, arguing that inaction would see the planet transformed into an uninhabitable wasteland.

Thousands are marching to Parliament Hill for the Global Climate Strike.

At Algonquin, classes were also held as usual, but the college asked faculty to accommodate students who "take part in this historic event". In May 218 she won an essay contest on climate change.

"You will die of old age, we will die of climate change!"


Hundreds of rallies took place around the world last week, but most Canadian marches are happening today.

The federal election campaign was all about that on Friday.

"We believe student voice is important", ECS said in a statement.

Organised by the "Momentum for Change" initiative of the United Nations climate change secretariat, the award is a recognition of the company's innovative solutions that address climate change and help drive progress on sustainable development goals, like poverty alleviation, gender equality and economic opportunity.


New climate models show that if carbon emissions continue unabated, average temperatures could rise 6.5 to 7 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose words and actions, including her "Fridays for Future" marches, inspired the rallies, is in Montreal speaking out. Other cities across Canada like Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary, all took part in Friday strike.

More than 46,000 people signalled on Facebook they plan to attend the event in Vancouver, almost 11,000 for Edmonton, and 5,000 in Halifax.

The Calgary Board of Education treated Friday as a school day like any other. "The climate crisis wont wait, and neither will we". "As well, we'll have buses on standby for extra relief and backup in the event of any subway delays".


Greta Thunberg began her climate strikes with weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish legislature previous year, and in a few months kids around the world joined her cause. Several Canadian retailers, including Indigo Books & Music Inc., MEC, and Lush Cosmetics will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday to give staff the option to participate in the marches.

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