Teen activist Greta Thunberg urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders on Friday (Sept 27) to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of "climate strikes".
Thunberg began weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish legislature previous year, which over the course of a few months grew into a global phenomenon.
Havelock North Intermediate pupils were also out during the day, demonstrating at various corners in Havelock North holding signs to support the fight against Climate Change. "We need to bring about change now", she said. Young people had to act, 14-year-old Armand Headland said, arguing that inaction would see the planet transformed into an uninhabitable wasteland.
"We need to change things, we need to get our government to say 'we need to do this, we are now in an emergency, our earth is now warming up at an accelerating rate and we need to prevent that'".
"I am acting because I am anxious about my own future, as well as the future of generations to come", said rally organizer and Edmonton Youth for Climate (EYFC) member, Olivier Adkin-Kaya in a news release Friday.
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More than 46,000 people signalled on Facebook they plan to attend the event in Vancouver, almost 11,000 in Edmonton and 5,000 in Halifax.
The 16-year-old quickly gained worldwide attention after U.S. President Donald Trump mocked her on Twitter. "But I think it's good to have these conversations and talk about something that is more sustainable for everybody".
"I'm here for our future, to show our government that we the majority want to do something and that they can take big steps that will an impact", she said. But if adults are mocking children, they must be feeling the heat, Thunberg said during a Friday morning news conference in Montreal.
"We've become too loud for people to handle so people want to silence us ..." Throughout his time in the Montreal march Friday, critics shouted at him that his pipeline plan makes him a hypocrite.
Scheer defended his decision not to take part in Vancouver-area climate marches, and said other Conservative candidates were participating.
Thousands are taking part in the Vancouver rally as climate strikes take place all over the world.