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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg to attend strike in Vancouver

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is planning to attend a post-election climate strike in Vancouver Friday.

Thunberg, who attended a rally last Friday in Edmonton with thousands of young people and their supporters, will be at the strike at the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday to demand governments take urgent action to deal with the climate crisis, according to a news release from Sustainabiliteens, a Vancouver youth group that has been staging Fridays for Future rallies.

The 16-year-old activist from Sweden began striking from school for climate action in August 2018, leading what has grown into a worldwide climate strike movement.

On Sept. 27, it is estimated that more than 150,000 people rallied downtown Vancouver as part of the Global Climate Strike. Millions more rallied in cities around the world.

Rebecca Hamilton, an organizer with Sustainabiliteens, said this Friday they will be calling on the new Liberal minority government to work together for a “Green New Deal that legislates science-aligned emission reduction targets, prioritizes Indigenous rights, and creates good jobs for all.”

They want cross-party collaboration to deal with the climate crisis. Another organizer Sam Lin said they are calling on the new MPS to “act like adults” and put aside partisan differences to create laws for a safer environment.

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