Climate Strike and Greta Here!!!!

Friday, October 25, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, downtown

Teen activist Greta Thunberg will be in Vancouver this week attending a climate strike planned for this Friday.

"The movement will take to the streets again this Friday for a post-election climate strike featuring local Indigenous activists," organizers said in a release.

The rally begins at 11 a.m. Friday in the square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Organizers say it's to ensure climate action is at the forefront of politician's minds following the election.

Friday's rally follows several other recent climate strikes in Vancouver. On Sept. 27, thousands of people gathered outside City Hall to march into downtown via the Cambie Street Bridge as part of the General Strike for Climate Justice. It coincided with other climate marches around the world, and Thunberg attended one in Montreal where up to 300,000 people may have taken part.

Climate action group Extinction Rebellion led another demonstration that shut down the Burrard Street Bridge to vehicle traffic on Oct. 7, coordinated with other demonstrations on arterial bridges in cities across the country. After that, Extinction Rebellion organized a smaller protest marching through downtown Vancouver during rush hour on Oct. 18.

"We know we are in a climate crisis, and people worldwide are already suffering from the impacts. We are going to keep showing up until our government acts with the urgency required to prevent further catastrophe,'' climate strike organizer Sam Lin said in the release.

- Outline important next steps for climate strikers across Canada
- Hear speeches from special guests
- Show that we will continue standing up to those in power for our futures

10am: Press Conference for the Lawsuit
*NOTE: this is targeted at media, as the press conference involves one hour of speeches and Q&A.*
11am: Strike Welcome & Speeches
11:30: March
12:30: Speeches

We acknowledge that this gathering will take place on the unceded, traditional, ancestral and occupied homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). For those who are non-Indigenous, our presence on these lands is an ongoing act of colonization. When we acknowledge these territories, we also acknowledge our responsibility to center and support Indigenous sovereignty in all our organizing.