Climate march moves through Edmonton ahead of Greta Thunberg's speech

James Marshall
October 19, 2019

Swedish activist Thunberg, who has mobilised a global youth movement against climate change, faces a hard audience in Alberta where the energy sector provides 150,000 direct jobs and contributes more than C$71 billion (41.80 billion pounds) annually to Canada's gross domestic product. Do you support the rally?

A group of oil and gas supporters in a convoy of trucks left Red Deer, Alta.in the morning and is planning a counter-rally during the event.

"We are doing this because our future is at stake", Thunberg told a crowd organizers estimated to be in the thousands, which gathered in front of the provincial legislature in Edmonton.

Greta Thunberg, who has become an global poster girl for youth climate activism, has divided public opinion in Canada after she accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of not doing enough to tackle climate change.

The pro-energy rally is being organised by the local group United We Roll, for Canada which staged a similar rally in February to challenge a pair of environmental bills that are both praised and criticised for toughening the already hard regulatory environment for Canadian energy companies.

Premier Jason Kenney has said the Alberta government won't seek out a meeting with the teen, but hopes she takes time to learn how the province has some of the greenest oil and gas rules in the world.

"When they charged their iPhones last night, that power came from this plant", he said, pointing to the former coal-fired Keephills power plant near Edmonton that was being converted to natural gas. Their manifesto effectively calls for shutting down our entire modern economy. "They like real-world solutions".

"We would like to reassure the citizens of the Edmonton that the EPS is working to ensure sufficient resources are in place to manage the demonstrations", says Inspector Jonathan Coughlan with the EPS Field Response Branch.

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