Thousands of people marched through downtown Edmonton to the Alberta legislature Friday for a climate strike that included 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, while a counter-protest made its way from Red Deer in support of Alberta oil and gas.
Organized by Climate Justice Edmonton and a number of other grassroots organizations including Beaver Hills Warriors, Edmonton Youth for Climate and Extinction Rebellion, Friday’s climate strike “made history” as thousands of people demanded climate action and a new green deal for Canada.
Edmonton police pegged its crowd estimate at 4,000 but Climate Justice Edmonton estimated about 10,000 gathered together at the legislature grounds. Police said about 2,500 marched from Beaver Hills House Park on Jasper Avenue through downtown to the legislature.
“Today, Albertans delivered a strong message of unity, that the status quo is long longer acceptable, that a just transition is possible and it needs to happen now. Today, the people rose up to follow the leadership of Indigenous communities who’ve led the resistance on this territory for decades and have been protecting this land for millennia,” said Paige Gorsak of Climate Justice Edmonton.