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In Vancouver 100,000 marched in the Student Strike for Climate Action.

Vancouver police, who estimated the crowd downtown at 100,000 people, said no major incidents were reported. ....

Holding signs that read “rise up before the ocean does,” and “the planet is hotter than my boyfriend” were Nikola Toma, 13, and Aaron Albindia, 12. They took the day off from Kwantlen Park Secondary in Surrey because they are concerned about environmental issues, such as plastic waste and rising sea temperatures.

“I have a lot of dreams and ambitions that I’d love to live out but the way the world’s going now, I can’t see many of them happening,” Nikola said. “That’s definitely a big bummer so I think we should say something.”

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Tens of thousands attended the Global Climate Strike at Vancouver city hall Sept. 27 before marching over the Cambie Street Bridge into downtown. Photo Dan Toulgoet



More than 300,000 people attended the Montreal Student Strike for Climate Action march. Trudeau was heckled extensively for buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and his brown/blackface costumes in the past. 

An estimated 315,000 people took part in the Montreal march.

Waves of Canadians led by global climate change fighter Greta Thunberg marched the country’s streets Friday to demand leaders take action to put a halt to rising temperatures. ...

In Montreal, Indigenous teenagers and Ms. Thunberg arrived about 20 minutes before the last stragglers left the starting point of the city’s walk. Marchers spilled into side streets along the planned route, taking over much of the downtown. The 4.4-kilometre continuous stream of humanity defied precise counting, but the city’s emergency services estimated 315,000 people were there.


Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who is spearheading a climate change strike in Montreal, said on Friday that people want to 'silence' her because she and other young activists are 'becoming too loud.'

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The Liberal Leader joined the Montreal march for a short time as he campaigned for re-election Oct. 21. The reception was hostile as protesters marched near him yelling “No pipeline” and heckled him for his history of wearing brownface and blackface before he entered politics.


Jagmeet Singh attended the Victoria Student Strike for Climate Action while Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May and Yves-Francois Blanchet attended the Montreal rally. Greta Thunberg told Trudeau to his face that "he is not doing enough" to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Trudeau also got more boos than cheers from the Montreal protesters. 

The teen activist Greta Thunberg has urged Justin Trudeau and other world leaders to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of “climate strikes.”

The 16-year-old Swede met privately with the Canadian prime minister but later told a news conference with local indigenous leaders that he was “not doing enough” to curb greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

“My message to all the politicians around the world is the same. Just listen and act on the current best available science,” she said.

Trudeau was asked about a June 19 tweet from Thunberg in which she questioned Canada's decision to declare a climate emergency one day and say yes to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline the next.

"This is shameful. But of course this is not only in Canada, we can unfortunately see the same pattern everywhere," she said. ...

Some in the crowd chanted slogans attacking Trudeau's embrace of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

A small but energetic group of protesters dogged Liberal leader Justin Trudeau at the Montreal climate march, voicing a familiar criticism of the prime minister from the left about the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Walking in the march, people beside Trudeau shout: “what about the pipeline, what about the pipeline”




Jagmeet Singh's attendance at the Victoria Student Strike for Climate Action contrasted with Andrew Scheer, who was also in BC, in Vancouver and Bernier' comment about Greta Thunberg yesterday. 

Singh attended a climate strike rally in Victoria on Friday after an earlier campaign stop where he said a New Democratic government would commit $40 million to help protect Canada's coastline. He did not make a speech at the rally, but he waded through the crowd, stopping to hold impromptu conversations with people.


On the other hand, Scheer did not attend any climate action rally today but instead announced he would provide more money for highways and bridges to relieve congestion. Just what the climate needs!

Andrew Scheer is promising to prioritize infrastructure spending on projects intended to cut commuting times as part of a wider pledge to reshape how the federal government doles out billions annually for roads, bridges, highways, and transit systems.

Scheer made the pledge in Coquitlam on Friday and said the George Massey tunnel replacement in the greater Vancouver area would be placed high on a Conservative government’s priority list.



However Bernier even topped Scheer with his comments on Greta Thunberg, climate change and immigration yesterday. 


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Over the past couple of weeks, the People’s Party of Canada leader, Maxime Bernier's Greta Thunberg opinion has been no secret. In several tweets since the beginning of the month, Bernier has attacked the 16-year old climate activist, from calling her “mentally unstable,” to suggesting she “could not possibly understand” climate change. Now, Bernier has gone for Thunberg once again, and this time he's dragging her family too.

In a tweet on Thursday afternoon, Bernier attached a collage of Thunberg and her parents, Svante Thunberg and Malena Ernman, all wearing the same Converse-brand inspired t-shirt, that reads, "Antifascist All Stars."

He added the caption, "Climate alarmism. Calls to radically change our economy and way of life and curtail our freedoms. Coordinated attacks against free speech. Antifa is a violent Far Left movement. Can you spot a pattern?"

Only days ago, Thunberg took to her own social media accounts to discuss some of the hate and online trolling she had experienced over the last few months in the spotlight.

In an emotional and heartfelt post, she explained, “Here we go again... As you may have noticed, the haters are as active as ever - going after me, my looks, my clothes, my behaviour and my differences." She went on, "They come up with every thinkable lie and conspiracy theory. It seems they will cross every possible line to avert the focus, since they are so desperate not to talk about the climate and ecological crisis."

Thunberg ended the post by saying, "I honestly don’t understand why adults would choose to spend their time mocking and threatening teenagers and children for promoting science, when they could do something good instead."


"I don't like what this young lady, Greta, 16 years old, is saying. I'm saying to Canadians, there is no climate emergency and no crisis," Bernier said about the Swedish girl's scolding of world leaders this week at a United Nations climate summit in New York. ...

Bernier said he would slash immigration numbers nearly in half to about 150,000 people a year and 50 per cent of those would have to be "economic" immigrants, such as skilled workers and entrepreneurs. He said he's against "mass immigration" but is not anti-immigrant and believes Canada should accept "real refugees," not those trying to enter Quebec and other parts of the country without crossing at official border checkpoints.



Here is some very interesting research on the power of mass protests and the 3.5% rule. Once around 3.5% of the whole population has begun to participate actively, success appears to be inevitable.​ 

This gives some hope for the Student Strikes for Climate Action. 

In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The Marcos regime folded on the fourth day.

In 2003, the people of Georgia ousted Eduard Shevardnadze through the bloodless Rose Revolution, in which protestors stormed the parliament building holding the flowers in their hands.

Earlier this year, the presidents of Sudan and Algeria both announced they would step aside after decades in office, thanks to peaceful campaigns of resistance.  

In each case, civil resistance by ordinary members of the public trumped the political elite to achieve radical change.

There are, of course, many ethical reasons to use nonviolent strategies. But compelling research by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, confirms that civil disobedience is not only the moral choice; it is also the most powerful way of shaping world politics – by a long way.

Looking at hundreds of campaigns over the last century, Chenoweth found that nonviolent campaigns are twice as likely to achieve their goals as violent campaigns. And although the exact dynamics will depend on many factors, she has shown it takes around 3.5% of the population actively participating in the protests to ensure serious political change.

Chenoweth’s influence can be seen in the recent Extinction Rebellion protests, whose founders say they have been directly inspired by her findings. So just how did she come to these conclusions? ...

Needless to say, Chenoweth’s research builds on the philosophies of many influential figures throughout history. The African-American abolitionist Sojourner Truth, the suffrage campaigner Susan B Anthony, the Indian independence activist Mahatma Gandhi and the US civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King have all convincingly argued for the power of peaceful protest.

Yet Chenoweth admits that when she first began her research in the mid-2000s, she was initially rather cynical of the idea that nonviolent actions could be more powerful than armed conflict in most situations. ...

But Chenoweth was surprised to find that no-one had comprehensively compared the success rates of nonviolent versus violent protests; perhaps the case studies were simply chosen through some kind of confirmation bias. “I was really motivated by some scepticism that nonviolent resistance could be an effective method for achieving major transformations in society,” she says. ...

Working with Maria Stephan, a researcher at the ICNC, Chenoweth performed an extensive review of the literature on civil resistance and social movements from 1900 to 2006 – a data set then corroborated with other experts in the field. They primarily considered attempts to bring about regime change. A movement was considered a success if it fully achieved its goals both within a year of its peak engagement and as a direct result of its activities. A regime change resulting from foreign military intervention would not be considered a success, for instance. A campaign was considered violent, meanwhile, if it involved bombings, kidnappings, the destruction of infrastructure – or any other physical harm to people or property. “We were trying to apply a pretty hard test to nonviolent resistance as a strategy,” Chenoweth says. ...

Overall, nonviolent campaigns were twice as likely to succeed as violent campaigns: they led to political change 53% of the time compared to 26% for the violent protests. ...

Once around 3.5% of the whole population has begun to participate actively, success appears to be inevitable.​

“There weren’t any campaigns that had failed after they had achieved 3.5% participation during a peak event,” says Chenoweth – a phenomenon she has called the “3.5% rule”​


I attended the Vancouver Student Strike for Climate Action protest where police estimated there were 100,000 protesters and many anti-pipeline and anti-Trudeau signs and chants of "No Trudeau Pipeline, Not Now Not Ever" and

"What do we want?"

"Climate justice"

"When do we want it?




Greta Thunberg steals the show as Canadians march in country’s largest climate strike



Although the United Nations did not allow Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, Greta Thunberg made sure she kicked off the Montreal Student Strike for Climate Action with Canadian indigenous leaders in an 18 minute ceremony in the video below that was shown on the CBC. The video of the ceremony can be seen at the url below. She has more wisdom than our politicians. 

"Greta Thunberg was welcomed by Indigenous leaders before a climate march in Montreal. "

Teen activist Greta Thunberg receives a gift from Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde before joining the global climate strike in Montreal on Sept. 27, 2019. REUTERS/ANDREJ IVANOV

Not every indigenous person in Canada sees Greta Thunberg the way you do kropotin.

In the video above Ghislain Picard, Quebec Regional Cheif of the Assembly of First Nations, said at the indigenous ceremony:

So it is very important to recognize our traditional protocols in recognizing the effort of our sister Greta in convening everyone, our young people, our elders to the challenge we have before us. I just gave her a present on behalf of indigenous women in testimony of their support of her journey. 

Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations National Chief

We have honoured and thanked this young warrior lady for her work. But as well I want to thank Cedric (Gray-Lehoux ,youth spokesperson for the Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador) and Daisy and all these others (First Nations) back here that started the movement here. With Greta being here it helps in building that good strength, that good energy. What we say now that this is not just an issue for Canada, climate destruction is a global issue and when we acknowledge in our ceremonies we always say 'Let's put our mother first'. ... But there is one Mother who gives life to all, Mother Earth.

First Nations woman 

We have a national committe on climate action. We have been so moved by what you (Greta) have done for all human beings around the world. As part of our protocols, coming from the North, a place that is warming faster than anywhere else, we have a gift for you from the North, a bracelet with a wolf on it to remind you of all the indigenous people around the world. We are from the Wolf clan. Thank you. 


Greta Thunberg has received heavy criticism, been called mentally ill because she is on the autism spectrum, including from Canada's Maxime Bernier, and even had death threats from extreme right-wingers in her fight against climate change. She is not the only young person being attacked because of their support of climate action.

This url describes the death threats against Greta Thunberg:

On the morning of August 25, 11-year-old Lilly Platt tweeted a video clip of a Brazilian Amazon tribe speaking out against deforestation. Awareness of the Amazon wildfires was already at a fever pitch, and the tweet exploded. Then, within an hour, a swarm of troll accounts started flooding her mentions with porn.

Shortly after the attack, her mom, Eleanor Platt, made an online plea for help: “Dear Friends of Lilly, this is Lillys mum she is being targeted by revolting trolls who are spamming her feed with pornography. There is only so much i can do to block this. Please if you see these posts report them.” Over the course of the day, some of Lilly’s nearly 10,000 followers did just that. ...

Personal attacks have always been a part of the climate denial playbook, even as fossil fuel companies secretly funded campaigns and researchers to question the scientific consensus on climate change. The most famous incident, 2009’s Climategate, involved scientists getting their emails hacked and then facing death threats. ...

The clearest example of this is what's happening today with climate activism’s biggest star, Greta Thunberg. The 16-year-old Swedish crusader single-handedly launched the climate strike movement last year and has become the biggest target for attacks on climate activism online. Climate science deniers, right-wing media pundits, and politicians are the most high-profile figures fixating on everything from her braided hair to her Asperger’s to the motivation behind her strikes. ...

On August 14, as Greta set sail across the Atlantic for a packed trip involving multiple strikes, testimonies to Congress, and the United Nations climate summit in New York, former UK Independence Party funder Arron Banks tweeted that “Freak yachting accidents do happen in August.” Shortly after Greta’s arrival in the US, Maxime Bernier, a Canadian politician associated with extreme far-right groupswrote: “She should be denounced and attacked.” A viral tweet from conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza after the global climate strike hit at another recurring theme: comparing Greta to children in Nazi propaganda. On Monday, a Fox News guest called her “mentally ill,” a jab at her Asperger’s diagnosis, prompting the outlet to issue an apology. Shortly after the UN summit, President Donald Trump tweeted sarcastically, “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” ...

Meanwhile, upward of 5,000 tweets by suspected bots have mentioned Greta, according to an analysis by Bot Sentinel provided to BuzzFeed News.

But it’s not just Greta. Other young girls in the movement are facing a flood of online abuse. It’s less clear where those attacks are coming from, but they involve a mix of regular accounts, trolls, and bots. While the youngest activists are often shielded from this, due to constant monitoring of their social media by their parents, there’s no filter for many of the teens. Jamie Margolin, a 17-year-old climate activist in Seattle, described how it felt experiencing a recent Twitter swarm: “You start getting so much anxiety.”

“The ugly truth is that these girls are subject to the deepest darkest evil side of social media on a daily basis,” Bethany Edwards, mom of 8-year-old climate activist Havana Chapman-Edwards, told BuzzFeed News in an email. Havana, who is black, has gotten racist messages, death threats, and was contacted by one man who the family later discovered was a registered sex offender.

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University said she adds someone to her Twitter block list “on average at least once a day, if not more.” For Hayhoe, as the voices of the climate teens grow louder, there is increasingly a target pointed squarely on their backs. “They will attack anyone who is perceived as being effective,” she said. “The more effective we are, the greater the attacks.”


David Suzuki talks about Greta Thunberg's autism and how it has helped her below. 

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She shares the prophet’s lot in being mocked and reviled. “I am just a messenger and yet I get all this hate,” she explains on Facebook. Elsewhere she says, “people tell me that I’m retarded, a bitch and a terrorist.”  

She sees the world as a burning house, its inhabitants going about their daily lives, notwithstanding. Some are ignorant of climate solutions, others knowledgeable, but none treats the situation as the emergency it is: “Even most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy.” She cannot fathom this. ...

Her bewilderment comes, in part, from being a person on the autism spectrum. “I have Asperger’s syndrome, and to me, almost everything is black or white,” she explains. “If the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions.” She sees Asperger’s as a gift. Indeed. It is a gift to the planet.  

Thunberg lives between despair and hopefulness. One is reminded of Samuel Beckett’s, “I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” She tells the World Economic Forum, “I don’t believe for one second that you will rise to that challenge [of safeguarding the future]. But I want to ask you all the same.” She suggests humanity is failing to address the crisis and then adds, “We can still fix this.” ...

Her great contribution is helping us see the obvious. We live in a “strange world,” she explains, where “a football game or a film gala gets more media attention than the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced.” We know this, but Thunberg presents it with freshness and force and we start to hear it as if for the first time. 

Isn’t that part of the prophet’s role?

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jerrym posted in post 104:

“Jagmeet Singh attended the Victoria Student Strike for Climate Action while Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May and Yves-Francois Blanchet attended the Montreal rally. Greta Thunberg told Trudeau to his face that "he is not doing enough" to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Trudeau also got more boos than cheers from the Montreal protesters.”

Is it just me but what the hell is Justin Trudeau doing by protesting in these climate protests?

Like isn’t he the Prime Minister of Canada?

He’s making an ass of himself by protesting his own government’s inaction on global warming!

He’s the fucking Prime Minister!!!

He’s protesting his own government policy. He’s out protesting his own personal record on climate!!!


Misfit wrote:
Is it just me but what the hell is Justin Trudeau doing by protesting in these climate protests?

Like isn’t he the Prime Minister of Canada?

He’s making an ass of himself by protesting his own government’s inaction on global warming! He’s the fucking Prime Minister!!!

He’s protesting his own government policy. He’s out protesting his own personal record on climate!

Scheer said the exact same thing.

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Oh thank goodness! I missed that! Justin keeps making a complete fool of himself.


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Justin Trudeau just wants everyone to STFU because he's going to plant a couple of trees.



Only in Canada does the country’s leader who has had a majority government for the past 4 years go out and protest his own country weak climate change legislation 

Trudeau should have been ridiculed in the press for this but the Liberals are no fools and with Canada’s compliant media they get away with it once again smoking Canadian voters.

The real reason Trudeau was there was to get himself pictured with Greta as a picture is worth a thousand words!

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jerrym posted in post 104:

“Jagmeet Singh attended the Victoria Student Strike for Climate Action while Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May and Yves-Francois Blanchet attended the Montreal rally. Greta Thunberg told Trudeau to his face that "he is not doing enough" to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Trudeau also got more boos than cheers from the Montreal protesters.”

Is it just me but what the hell is Justin Trudeau doing by protesting in these climate protests?

Like isn’t he the Prime Minister of Canada?

He’s making an ass of himself by protesting his own government’s inaction on global warming!

He’s the fucking Prime Minister!!!

He’s protesting his own government policy. He’s out protesting his own personal record on climate!!!

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Simran Dhunna on Twitter on the organization of the Toronto Climate Strike.

"Hosted by Fridays for Futures TO, our rally came about and was made stronger through a coalition of climate, labour and social justice groups with far more radical & transformative demands for climate justice than I've seen elsewhere in Canada"

"The turnout may be historic, but don't let it be forgotten that the politics of our movement for climate justice and a Green New Deal are even more historic. We to uphold and centre Indigenous sovereignty in absolutely everything we do;

to provide decent unionized jobs for all in a transition to publicly-owned 100% renewable energy; to realize migrant and racial justice enshrining status for all and an end to deportations and immigration detention; to implement universal public services

like free post-secondary education, free electrified public transit, and childcare, paid for by taxing the rich who profit from the climate crisis; for futures for all, especially those at the frontlines of this crisis while contributing the least to it."

"This is not just a "climate crisis", this is a crisis of capitalism, colonialism & white supremacy. By emphasizing these in our messaging, we are actively transforming the political imagination of the media, the political establishment, and the public. That is fucking powerful."

"All this said, I have to note: 1) White people have so, so much work to do. It's infuriating & emotionally taxing to have to explain why we [BIPOC] matter. And the act of having to explain, explain, explain anti-racism to these people moves us backwards, not forward.

During the rally, when Grassy Narrows folks and allies were talking about their struggle for mercury justice, a white woman came up to me backstage (yep, all the way back stage). "Why are they going into so much detail? This is a distraction. That's not what today is about."

I interrupted her and told her to read our demands and leave. The GALL. Look around: this is not your land; this is a crisis you are complicit in when you try to derail calls for justice by and for indigenous communities."

For the rest of her Twitter thread, go to the link above.    It's worth a read...particularly by white environmentalists.  Unless there is climate justice for all, we will not be able to stop the move into the climate abyss.


jerrym wrote:

Greta Thunberg has received heavy criticism, been called mentally ill because she is on the autism spectrum, including from Canada's Maxime Bernier, and even had death threats from extreme right-wingers in her fight against climate change. She is not the only young person being attacked because of their support of climate action.

This url describes the death threats against Greta Thunberg:

The url below describes the attacks, including death threats, on Greta Thunberg and some of the other young Student Strikers for Climate Action that are part of an organized campaign that includes the use of thousands of bots by the extreme right-wing.


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Is Greta Thunberg just another example of our Reality TV syndrome?

Every time I see something about Greta Thunberg I read that "she's young!". "She's 16!". Okay...That's the big hook?  We know there are people who have devoted their adult lives to fighting climate change and pushing others to recognize it for the danger it is, but they're boring. They're not "a 16 year old girl!". They're ignored.

Don't get me wrong. I think she's pretty awesome and I think she's doing an amazing job, but I can't help but think about the mechanics behind it.  Excluding me I'd guess members here know more about climate change than she does. So why her?

Is she a "prophet" like David Suzuki suggests? Or is she being catapulted to stardom by a society that's always looking for the next new young face to obsess over for a couple weeks or months before moving on to the next in thing? I'm sure Greta Thunberg is being bombarded with sponsors. Under armor and Nike fighting to see which brand they can try and show her wearing on TV. What brand of shoes does Greta Thunberg wear? I need to own the same ones.  And it's entertainment to see who this 16 year old girl calls out, did you see what she said about Trump? lol

I hope her stardom is more than a fad and people become more involved in fighting climate change than going to a protest and posting their selfies about it on facebook.


You are trivializing both what Greta Thunberg has helped activate in terms of fighting global warming and the massive assault, including death threats on her and other young well-known protesters by the extreme right. You accuse her of trying to make money through corporate sponsorship off the Student Strike for Climate Action campaign without a shred of evidence, which is the same strategy employed by the fossil fuel industry (, its climate denying researchers like Willie Soon who the oil companies paid over $1,200,00 (,  its PR flunkies hired from the cigarette industry (, and the alt-right ( 


Even in Edmonton Alberta there was a large protest. 

Climate Strike in Edmonton

I don't know if the thousands of young Climate Action Strike protesters who gathered on the frigid doorstep of the Alberta Legislature yesterday frighten Premier Jason Kenney and his angry fossil fuel warriors, but they ought to.

Yes, the fired-up but well-behaved crowd of truants and their supporters in Alberta's capital, estimated by its organizers from Climate Justice Edmonton at 4,000 people and probably considerably bigger, was dwarfed by the multitudes of climate-change protesters elsewhere in Canada -- 20,000 in Victoria, more than 100,000 in Vancouver, and well over 300,000 in Montreal.

And, yes, none of this is particularly good news for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his ridiculous "war room" strategy and belligerent defence of doing things the way we've always done them in Alberta, which is to say, without much consideration for the planet.

But it seems probable that in the long term the concerns of these soon-to-be voters have the potential to be the worst news for Kenney and his party, if not an impediment to his immediate plans.

Certainly one would have thought the UCP would take note, regardless of the party's undeniable success in last April's provincial election, and treat the concerns of such a large group with a little respect.

Nevertheless, UCP ministers and MLAs seem to have all taken a powder yesterday, trailing impolite tweets from their online rage machine.

The boys in short pants, the party's sophomoric political staffers and paid social media trolls, plastered I-[HEART]-[MAPLE LEAF]-Oil+Gas placards in the windows of their bottom-floor offices in the stately and historic Legislature Building. Remember, these are supposed to be the grownups with jobs.

Contrast this with the previous government's reaction to the glowering crowd of 1,000 or angry and sometimes threatening farmers protesting the NDP's farm-safety legislation at the same address in November 2015. NDP ministers went outside and worked the crowd, respectfully listening and arguing their case.

UCP MLAs and political staffers may have truck-nuts on their pickups, but when it comes to going out in the cold and talking to folks who disagree with them, there's not much sign of the real thing.


Across New Zealand, a reported 170,000 people took part in the climate strike. That's about 3.4 per cent of the population -- one of the largest protests in the country's history. The url below describes the protests.

I just got back from a trip to New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Bali and Brunei. Unfortunately, the common thread of my visits to these countries was the alarming rate at which global warming is already having devastating consequences in all of these places. While I was aware of some of these problems, I was shocked at the extent of the damage already done by them and I also heard of problems that I had not previously known about. Here is a summary of what I found in New Zealand, some of it from the media but much of it from working class people, in an attempt to help explain why the Student Strike for Climate Action was so widespread there: 

New Zealand

- a cab driver in Wellington told me how when he started his shift at 3 AM there was always thick frost on his windshield during the winter just five years ago, but now that only occurs "once or twice" a winter

- on a bus trip down the west coast of New Zealand, the driver told me that cyclones never use to hit New Zealand but now they are getting two to four a year, something that scientists predicted was likely to happen as early as 2003 (

-the same bus driver noted that the west coast highway of the South Island, whose communities are overwhelmingly economically dependent on tourism, were shut down twice within a month because of torrential 1200 mm of rainfall in one day and 1000 mm a month in one day during their summer. This had devastating effects on the economies of these communities and himself due to the washing out of a major bridge in one case and flash flooding in the other that not only closed the highway but also wiped out an entire coastal forest 

- climate change induced cyclones also had devastating effects in New Zealand last year 

Kaiaua resident Alex Corbett never believed in climate change - but a large storm that hit the Firth of Thames in January, flooding his home and dozens of others, was an eye-opener for him.

Flooding on Kowhai Ave in Kaiaua.

Flooding in Kaiaua in January this year Photo: RNZ / Supplied

"I've been a total non-believer up until the fact." He said he saw Al Gore's documentary last year which began to open his eyes but after seeing the tide take over his town, he was now a firm believer.

The storm that flooded Mr Corbett's home was the first major one of 2018 - since then several cyclones have battered the country during a record-breaking summer.

Niwa figures show the average temperature nation-wide during the summer months was 18.8°C, which is 0.3° above the previous record set in 1934-35.

The seas around New Zealand saw temperatures that were 6° above average, while a high of 38.7° in Alexandra on 30 January was the country's hottest January temperature in 39 years.

It wasn't just warm weather affecting the country though - cyclones and flooding prompted 10 civil defence state of emergencies to be declared in the past three months. That's compared to 13 throughout all of last year.(

-a second bus driver noted that as we approached the famous Franz Josef Glacier, that we would not be able to see the glacier from the Glacier View Motel, which had chosen that name to attract tourists, because so much of the glacier had already melted, and therefore the glacier was no longer visible from the motel

-another bus driver told me about a massive die-off of penquins in 2018 that has been tied to global warming 

Scores of dead little blue penguins that have washed up on northern New Zealand beaches this year probably died of starvation in extreme sea conditions, researchers say.

And they warn that climate change and its big storms could mean many more mass deaths of cherished bird and other vulnerable marine species.

Extreme weather, including several ex-tropical cyclones and record-hot sea surface temperatures, led to high numbers of reports of dead penguins washing up on beaches across the upper North Island. ...

Forest and Bird seabird expert Dr Karen Baird and Massey University’s Dr Daniel Thomas, along with students, found all of the birds had depleted fat reserves and had started using pectoral muscle for energy, resulting in wasting. Ten of the birds had empty stomachs, one had eaten a small amount of grass, and all showed other signs of starvation.

“These birds starved after experiencing a series of severe weather events, which may have prevented them from feeding, and these results may also explain the deaths of many hundreds of other little penguins around northern New Zealand,” Baird said.

Baird noted the record marine heatwave in the Tasman Sea, which also affected the East Auckland Current as it flowed into the Hauraki Gulf, raising sea surface temperatures around the north of New Zealand. “High temperatures could affect productivity and hence food supply but high temperatures have likely exacerbated a series of summer storms causing turbidity and hence poor visibility at critical times for little penguins.” (

- a third bus driver on a my trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound in the southernmost and coldest part of New Zealand described how extensive the snow on the mountains had retreated and said that the older retired drivers remembered when the mountains were all covered with snow much furhter down all year round

-a weatherman travelling on one of the buses told me about the damaging effects climate change is already having on New Zealand agriculture

In New Zealand, malnutrition is already putting twice as many children in hospital as 10 years ago, as rising food prices consume a greater percentage of household incomes – from 48 per cent in 2007 to 60 per cent in 2017. Pediatrician, Dr Nikki Turner, says 40,000 children are hospitalised every year due to poverty and inadequate nutrition – and that vitamin deficiencies are more common in New Zealand compared to similar countries.[99] Another study has found that almost a quarter of elderly New Zealanders are also malnourished.[100]

As temperatures rise, more frequent and severe water extremes, including droughts and floods, will impact on agricultural production. Rising temperatures will also lead to increased water demand for farming and agriculture. Due to chronic water shortages and desertification in food growing regions, internationally, crop yields are predicted to drop by 20% by 2050 combined with a decline in nutritional content.[101] Prices are likely to skyrocket, while job losses and reduced incomes will further reduce people’s capacity to purchase food. New Zealand researcher, associate professor Carol Wham, says malnutrition is "associated with higher infection rates, loss of muscle mass, strength and function, longer hospital stays, as well as increasing morbidity and mortality." (

-the weatherman noted, on the other hand while the west coast of the South Island is suffering from torrential downpours, eastern regions of New Zealand are already facing less rainfall - something that scientists predict could lead to drought and less agricultural production (

I will report on my visits to other countries in future days. However, what I saw throughout the region is widespread and rapidly growing impacts of global warming that suggest strongly most Canadian politicians, including the current government, are not dealing with quickly and effectively enough. 


There has been an ever growing number of student strikers for climate change. During the March 15th student strike there were 1.6 million strikers globally. On September 20th, the estimated number of strikers rose to 4 million. On September 27, it reached 6 million around the world. 


There were also Student Strikes for Climate Action in small towns, such as Virden, Manitoba, which has a population of 3,114 (2011 census).


Students at Virden Junior High participated in the Global Climate Strike last Thursday by marching through the halls with handmade signs and staging a mock extinction in the gymnasium. 

They had planned to go outdoors to stage their protest against climate change, but a heavy rainfall kept them indoors last Thursday afternoon.

So the students of Virden Junior High took their handmade signs and marched through the halls of their school, demanding change.

Then, in solidarity with millions of others around the world recognizing Global Climate Strike week, they laid down and “died” in the gym, a sea of blue t-shirts representing the ocean and the circle on the floor representing the Earth.


Teachers Regan Brereton-Waller (Gr. 5) and Keely Woods (Gr. 6) organized the event and got buy-in from about three quarters of the student body. The kids also learned about climate change and about all the countries marking Climate Strike week along with them.


Student Strikes for Climate Action continued today, including one in Iowa led by Greta Thunberg. 



 Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg joins a climate strike march in Iowa City. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Reuters

Three days prior to Greta Thunberg’s surprise visit to Iowa City on Friday, the organizer and local climate activist, Massimo Biggers, a 14-year-old Iowa City high school student, was preparing to strike – as he has done every Friday, sometimes on his own, since the Global Climate Strike day Thunberg inspired on 15 March.

Out of the blue, a message arrived from the Swedish teen activist, with whom he had been in touch, asking him if he was planning to strike again this Friday. “Of course!” he replied, and for the last 48 hours, according to his father, Jeff, neither had slept. “This was truly a miracle to have the town pull this together,” he said.

More than 3,000 people gathered at short notice in the shadow of the University of Iowa on Friday afternoon to hear Thunberg speak.​ ...

Biggers has spent the last six months mobilizing fellow students to pressure the city council into adopting more stringent measures to address climate change.

“At the time our specific goal was to get the school board to pass a climate resolution,” he said in an interview with the Guardian. “But then it was pretty easy to get the school board to get a climate resolution so we went to the city council and now we’re trying to get the coal fired [power] plant shut down,” he added.

The University of Iowa burns coal at its power plant, providing a clear target for the young activists who lead the crowd in regular chants of “End Coal Now!”

Thunberg rallied an enthusiastic, young crowd, flush with high school and university students, many of whom had made their own signs to greet her. “Right now the world leaders keep acting like children and somebody needs to be the adult in the room,” she said, referencing her speech at the United Nations in New York the previous week.


Greta Thunberg arrived in Calgary today to protest against Alberta's fossil fuel industry. On Friday, she will be leading a Friday for Future Strike in Edmonton. Many indigenous people from Alberta First Nations are planning to take part in the protests. 

Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers brief remarks surrounded by other student environmental advocates in Washington.

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has followed through on her pledge to visit the heartland of Canada's oil and gas industry, showing up in downtown Calgary on Wednesday and planning to join a climate strike at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Friday.

The Swedish teen — who founded the Fridays For Future climate strikes that have galvanized youths around the world — was spotted on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary on Wednesday morning. She told a Radio-Canada reporter who saw her that she had no public events planned in Calgary and would travel to Edmonton within hours. ...

Her visit drew a mixed reaction even before she got to the western province. Alberta's environment minister has said Thunberg "doesn't understand" the province, and signalled the government wouldn't be laying out the welcome mat for the teen's upcoming visit.

Speaking to reporters outside the Alberta legislature in Edmonton on Tuesday, Environment Minister Jason Nixon said Thunberg hasn't reached out to the United Conservative Party government, and it has no plans to contact her. "I do hope that if she does come to our beautiful province, she takes the time to talk to our state-of-the-art industry partners, who are working tirelessly to continue to produce the most ethical and environmentally friendly oil and gas products in the world," Nixon said. "When you look at some of Ms. Thunberg's comments, she doesn't understand our province," Nixon said later, adding Thunberg needs to realize that Alberta must be an active partner in any global climate-change strategy. ...

Chief Lee Crowchild, of the Tsuut'ina Nation southwest of Calgary, said he sees Thunberg's visit as a learning opportunity for her and for the world. "I am pleased that a high-profile climate change activist is coming to Alberta. I hope her visit is not just a fly-over, but a genuine effort to learn how Canadians contribute to climate solutions," he said. 

"In this case, I think it's critical that Ms. Thunberg understand that it is possible to do economic development sustainably. It is possible to balance the goals of development and protection of the environment. What better place for her to see that balance at work, than at Tsuut'ina?"

Climate Action Edmonton says people of all ages from across Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territory will take part in the strike in Edmonton on Friday.

While Edmonton's mayor, Don Iveson, extended an invitation to meet with Thunberg, Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston expressed skepticism about her overall cause.

"No one's ever asked me to declare a climate emergency," Clugston told the Medicine Hat News. "I'm tired of people calling carbon dioxide 'pollution.' It's a basic building block of life." "I'll listen to qualified scientists."

Priya Migneault, with the activist group Fridays For Futures YYC, said Thunberg's trip to Alberta has her and her friends excited.

"But I do hope that she is aware that this is oil and gas country, which I'm assuming she had been aware of that for a while," she said. "A lot of us environmental activists here are not against oil-and-gas workers because we are aware that they are doing a supply-and-demand industry. And we hope that Greta sees that as well, and that's what a lot of Albertans make their money on, and that's how a lot of Albertans are fed."




Greta Thunberg Could Be A Russian Puppet...

"An Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) MEP has written to the European Commission to request a probe into whether Greta Thunberg's eco movement could represent a 'hybrid threat' to Europe and be 'financed and steered' by Russia..."

Invented by US Dems to explain losing an election, this is now the most popular political smear in the world.


Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) is a far-right anti-immigrant party part of which "shades into ethnic and even racist nationalism" and sometimes trades in conspiracy theories. 

When it was formed in 2013, the AfD's main thrust was its opposition to bailouts of indebted European Union member states like Greece. But over time, it has become, first and foremost, an anti-immigration party. ...

The party wants to change Germany’s constitution to get rid of the right to an individual hearing in asylum cases and would seek to immediately deport all those whose applications to remain in Germany are rejected, regardless of whether the countries to which deportees are sent back are safe or not. It also advocates foreigners who commit crimes in Germany being sentenced to prisons outside the country and treating minors as young as 12 as adults for certain offenses. ...

The AfD wants to seal the EU's borders, institute rigorous identity checks along Germany's national borders and set up holding camps abroad to prevent migrants from leaving for Germany in the first place. Although nominally favoring a targeted immigration policy along the Canadian model, lead candidate Alice Weidel has said the party wants to achieve "negative immigration" to Germany. It also argues that Germany is being "Islamified" and portrays itself as a bulwark for traditional Christian values.


Thunberg's analysis of current environmental and economic approaches raise major questions about our global systems.

There are many reasons why people are still talking about Thunberg’s speech on Monday at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. She spoke with knowledge, clarity and passion well beyond her years.

What I find especially significant about the talk is her inclusion of a critique of economic growth in the climate change story frame. “We are at the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” Thunberg said.

Scholars and activists share Thunberg’s concerns about the current system of endless economic growth. For example, professor David Barash powerfully equates endless growth to a Ponzi scheme. It is a system, he says, “predicated on the illusion that it will always be possible to make future payments owing to yet more exploitation down the road.” ...

Economist Juliet Schor similarly warns about the resource depletion implications for economic growth. She highlights that endless growth will lead to “blowback... which is now happening with the climate system, oceans and forests.” ...

Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon succinctly offers that “it’s becoming increasingly clear that endless material growth is incompatible with the long-term viability of Earth’s environment.” And writer Naomi Klein refers to the “god of economic growth,” powerfully proposing that “our economic system and our planetary system are now at war.”

Thoughtful and well-researched scholarship makes clear that economic growth and environmental crises are related. And yet non-academic writing linking endless growth economics and climate change is almost non-existent. ...

 In the 12 months prior to Thunberg’s talk there were 850 newspaper articles (including opinion pieces, editorials and letters) with “climate change” in the headline.  Of these, 372 — or 44 per cent — were related to the economy. And yet only one letter to the editor raised concerns about economic growth in the era of climate change.

It is easy to think that economic growth is essential — that we have always had growth at the core of economic policy. But scholars point out that this is not the case. Bill McKibben and Peter Victor point out that our “fixation” on economic growth as an “explicit object of government policy”began in the mid-20th century.  McKibben highlights that since then economic growth has not only devastated the planet, but also fostered inequity, insecurity and “is no longer making us happy.”

Cognitive scientist and linguist George Lakoff offers that “all of our knowledge makes use of frames, and every word is defined through the frames it neurally activates. All thinking and talking involves frames.” In other words, we understand and act upon climate change based on what has been framed with the climate change stories we are told.

The good news is that climate change stories can change. Not that long ago, there were few stories about climate change. Today, the number has dramatically increased. Until recently, there were not many stories that linked climate change to extreme weather events. Increasingly, these stories are being told.Now it is time to question economics and foster discussions about the hard decisions and changes that need to be made. It is clear that we cannot simply consume differently — we must consume less.

This is what makes Thunberg’s mention of “eternal economic growth fairy tales” so remarkable — she put economic growth and climate change into the same frame.


Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta but doesn’t talk oilsands while Jason Kenney spoke claimed that the fossil fuel industry is the basis of modern economy when it is built on the remains of dinosaurs and run by dinosaurs who think they can extract the last drop of tar sands oil in their pursuit of profits and avoid a shift to renewable energy.

Rebel News asked Thunberg associates (who is on the autistic spectrum) whether it is appropriate to exploit a child who has a mental illness, once again demonstrating there is no level to which it is not ready to sink. 

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks in front of about 8,000 protesters outside the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Oct. 18, 2019. SHAUGHN BUTTS / POSTMEDIA

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg stayed away from any direct criticism of Alberta’s oilsands as she took her message to the provincial capital on Friday.

The 16-year-old told thousands of people in front of the legislature in Edmonton that the future of the planet is at stake.

“We cannot allow this crisis to continue to be a partisan, political question. The climate and ecological crisis is far beyond party politics and the main enemy right now should not be any political opponents, because our main enemy is physics,” she said. “We teenagers are not scientists, nor are we politicians, but it seems many of us, apart from most others, understand the science because we have done our homework.”

A group of oil and gas industry supporters, some who travelled to Edmonton in a truck convoy from Red Deer, held a counter-rally at the legislature, but were vastly outnumbered by climate activists. ...

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney had said his government didn’t plan on meeting with Thunberg, and on Friday he visited a power plant west of the city that is switching from coal to cleaner natural gas.

“This is the kind of real, practical, technological solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Kenney said. “The truth is that the so-called climate strike movement is opposed to natural gas. They’re opposed to zero-emitting nuclear power. They’re opposed to technological solutions. They’re opposed to the entire modern, industrial economy. Their manifesto effectively calls for shutting down our entire modern economy, so that is not a real world solution.” ...

Before the rally, Thunberg was confronted in the hallway of her hotel by right-wing media outlet Rebel News. In a 10-minute video posted to YouTube late Thursday, the Rebel employee asked Thunberg’s associates whether it’s appropriate to exploit a child with a mental illness.

“I don’t have a mental illness,” Thunberg laughed in the video.

The questioner asked whether she’ll disclose who funded her trip to Canada in the middle of a federal election campaign.

“I have not spoken about politics,” Thunberg said.

“Climate change is politics, is it not?” the Rebel employee asked.

“No. It’s science,” Thunberg responded.


Many First Nations people participated in Student Strike for climate action in Edmonton on Friday, as they have often suffered the most from the environmental damage caused by the Alberta Tar Sands because many of them live so close to extraction sites. 

People arrive at the Alberta legislature grounds in Edmonton. Hundreds are expected to meet Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg at a rally on Friday.


The impact of climate change impact on Indigenous lands and peoples took centre stage at Friday’s protest, where there were warnings of stolen land and threatened water.


Greta Thunberg is coming to Vancouver on Friday for a Student Strike for Climate Action. This will be the fourth climate protest in the last month in Vancouver. 

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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 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 group says the strike will begin at 11 a.m.

The strike could draw larger than usual crowds. In Montreal, an estimated half a million people came out to hear Thunberg speak during the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 27.

Also, many Metro Vancouver students have the day off. It’s a pro-development day in many districts including Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, and Surrey. ...

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.


Interesting medialens article on the reaction to Greta's Alberta visit, and more generally on "climate denialism" in left wing/progressive circles.   I usually admire Medialens greatly and, this alert has given me some things to think about - in part because I find myself disagreeing with it more than I expected.

"The left has a dark secret that is becoming ever harder to ignore: it is riddled with climate scepticism, indifference and denial.

Pick your favourite left-progressive writers, check their Twitter timelines and published work for mentions of the climate crisis. Check their level of support for protesters who, despite being arrested and beaten, have finally forced the issue into 'mainstream' political awareness after thirty years of fatal indifference and hostility.

This week, a Canadian fossil-fuel enthusiast defaced a mural of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, painting these words over her face:

'Stop the Lies. This is Oil Country!!!'

Remarkably, when it comes to their understanding of the climate issue, much of the left has long lived in 'oil country'. Dissidents who exposed the West's 'humanitarian interventions' in Iraq and Libya as oil grabs have themselves unwittingly been captured by oil industry propaganda presenting climate concern as a scam by money-grubbing scientists seeking research funds and 'bourgeois' cynics seeking new ways to exploit honest working people."


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Interesting medialens article on the reaction to Greta's Alberta visit, and more generally on "climate denialism" in left wing/progressive circles.   I usually admire Medialens greatly and, this alert has given me some things to think about - in part because I find myself disagreeing with it more than I expected.

"The left has a dark secret that is becoming ever harder to ignore: it is riddled with climate scepticism, indifference and denial.

Pick your favourite left-progressive writers, check their Twitter timelines and published work for mentions of the climate crisis. Check their level of support for protesters who, despite being arrested and beaten, have finally forced the issue into 'mainstream' political awareness after thirty years of fatal indifference and hostility.

This week, a Canadian fossil-fuel enthusiast defaced a mural of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, painting these words over her face:

'Stop the Lies. This is Oil Country!!!'

Remarkably, when it comes to their understanding of the climate issue, much of the left has long lived in 'oil country'. Dissidents who exposed the West's 'humanitarian interventions' in Iraq and Libya as oil grabs have themselves unwittingly been captured by oil industry propaganda presenting climate concern as a scam by money-grubbing scientists seeking research funds and 'bourgeois' cynics seeking new ways to exploit honest working people."

The only examples given are from Off Guardian and George Galloway. In other words, the "Sputnik Left" (or "Spiked! Left")

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The hijacking of a youth climate strike


But, as an organizing moment designed to swell ranks and propel momentum, the day was a mixed success. Impressive numbers turned out to see Greta in person. Vancouver Police Department estimated the crowd as large as 15,000 strong. It felt like the numbers peaked even higher, so perhaps a quarter of the Fridays for the Future march that blew away all expectations four weeks earlier.

The crowd was buzzing with school-aged teens, beaming moms escorting younger kids, bemused dads shouldering tots and others of all ages, brimming with excitement, radiating relief to no longer feel alone and crazy — to finally feel sane in a world that has, seemingly forever, appeared deaf to the warnings of scientists and blind to obvious calamity.

But the pre-march remarks would take a strange, tone-deaf turn. An interminable list of adults took to the microphones, dominating the first act of the youth climate strike. Many were the usual suspects from previous decades of dour climate demos. Environmental elders held forth about the old days. Veteran activists castigated the teens and toddlers for their institutionalized, systemic racism at the march one month earlier. Speakers ranted about respect while demonstrating none, either in tone, or for the organizers, or their audience.

The speakers were a marked contrast to the buoyant pair of emcees. Two engaging local teens who repeatedly thanked everyone for coming out, obviously thrilled by the size of the gathering. But, the crowd grew increasingly restless with long-winded lectures about… well, various important issues, as the event slipped further and further off schedule. It was, by the end, more than a five-hour long affair (without a Porta Potty in sight), purportedly organized to grow a movement of kids and activate their parents and grandparents.

One woman, clearly feeling browbeaten, leaving long before the march could begin, was muttering about never in her life having had to weather so much narcissism in a movement.


But the undeniability of this amazing global youth phenomenon broke through in the end. The Tsleil-Watuth’s impressive Will George, who has emerged from the Trans Mountain pipeline Watch House as a powerful voice of terse clarity, handed off to Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

It had been hard to make out what previous speakers were saying across the restless masses but the Grand Chief’s curious intonations and compellingly humble statesmanship quieted the crowd.

He began speaking about his 40 years leading rallies in that same square. The Grand Chief proved, as he has so often, to be both wise and canny as well as a very compassionate leader. He struck exactly the right tone, leading the crowd for just the briefest of moments into reminiscence before launching towards the future: “But I have never seen such a crowd gathered here before!”

And, finally, it was time. The Indigenous leaders draped a ceremonial blanket on the shoulders of tiny Greta. And she, hesitantly, took the microphone.

You will have seen her speeches before. And probably the one she gave in Vancouver on Friday. It was her trademark combination of awkward oratory, earnest statistics and searing truth. “If the adults really loved us…,” is still haunting me. Greta was a class act, acknowledging the stolen lands and leadership of First Nations and endearing herself to Vancouver by quoting repeatedly from the speech Severn Suzuki delivered to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, then just 12 years old herself....


The Indigenous Teen Who Confronted Trudeau About Unsafe Water Took On the UN

Autumn Peltier is 15, Indigenous, and fighting for everyone around the world to have clean drinking water.



Youth speak out at the Vancouver climate change strike on October 25th: 

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“I’m really feeling enraged that [government officials] haven’t taken action, and that they know that this is happening and still aren’t making the difference. But I’m also feeling happy that all these people are here trying to fight for what they believe in. It’s really inspiring.” — Jackson, 13

“I want to have a future. I know we’ve been given a 10 to 12 year timeline and if something is not done, we’re screwed. So I’m here to bring awareness to what’s happening and hopefully get the government to do something about it. — Sarra, 16

“I’d like to have a future that’s safe, because the way things are going right now it’s not going to be safe. I’ve read articles about how the ocean won’t be healthy enough for us to go into it, without hazmat suits and things like that.... It’s something we have to work on, it’s our duty to take care of the world. It’s our job to take care of everything that we stand for. — Taisia, 16 ...

“It’s disappointing that we’ve had a lot of time, people have been talking about [climate change] for 30 years, and nothing has happened. People continue to be so money driven, driven by oil and making money. It’s gotten so much worse, and governments still aren’t taking action. There are still government officials and presidents who don’t believe in climate change. I think it’s just really disappointing.” — Emma, 16

“I figure, as a student social worker, that we need to fight for our youth and fight for their future, because it’s their future and their children’s future that’s at stake. We need to make a difference.” — Caelum, 29

“I’m here to support everyone else that’s here. It’s important to preserve what we have and truly admire it. This is our opportunity to make a better future, or at least the most we can, because past generations have done so much harm to this planet... I’m looking to individually make a difference, even though it may not hit big corporations right now. If I start early, it will hopefully make the whole movement start early.... I’m really excited. I’ve never been to something like this. I’m really glad my first one is something that I’m passionate about.” — Lucy, 18 ...

“It’s our future, and when we grow up we’re going to have to deal with the consequences that the people who are living now are creating, so we’re here to stand up against it.” — Sapphire, 16

“It’s really inspirational to see everyone out here, and the fact that all these youth are coming out and coming together and being one unified front rather than all of this polarity that we’re seeing, I think it’s just really great. I’m very hopeful for the future.” — Claire, 17

“I’m surprised by how many people came. I came last minute. It’s nice to see so many young people. Most people skipped school or are taking time out of their day when they could be doing something else, not participating. Young people are often described as not motivated but clearly they are, to make a difference in something that’s super important.” — Liam, 17

“There’s no ‘planet B’ if this Earth is gone. There’s no other Earth. We can’t come back and erase it. It’s not a video game. We can’t respawn, we don’t have multiple lives.” — Sevek, 14


At least 40 communities in Canada are having climate change student strikes every Friday. To find out which ones you can look at the url below. 

Fridays For Future Canada 

Fridays For Future Canada

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg began the "Fridays For Future" movement. The first climate strike in solidarity with Greta in the Americas happened in Canada on Friday, November 2, 2018. By Friday, December 7, 2018, there were 9 youth groups in Canada striking and a map to connect them all. There were 98 strikes for Canada's national strike on Friday, May 3, 2019 and 104 events across Canada on the May 24th global strike. From September 20th to the 27th over 1,000,000 Canadians participated in climate strikes in 245 communities across Canada. At least 40 communities have strikes every Friday in Canada. The next global strike is Friday, November 29, 2019. Please be sure to register on the map.


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Here's how climate pollution in provinces Greta marched in compares to Sweden’s

Let's start with annual emissions.

Next, let's look at the amount of climate pollution emitted per person.

..there are a couple more comparisons that are worth having a look at. 


Yes, our "clean" hydro (though remember this was originally a horrific land theft from Northern indigenous people here - the Inuit and Cree fought hard for a better deal, which they did get to some extent, but...) As you can see, we still have serious problems in terms of transport. We are just switching over to electric or hybrid buses, and Québec (city) has no modern mass public transport. Outside the historic areas (Old Québec, the faubourgs, Limoilou) it is a mess of sprawl. We have been waiting for the eastern extension of the blue line for over 30 years, and there is no serious work on the pink line. There is an increasing number of SUVs, often lethal for pedestrians.

I don't want to deny the progress that has been made here in Québec, but it isn't a hard race to win, givern the deplorable record of neighbouring provinces and states.


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How Seven Thousand Quebec Workers Went on Strike against Climate Change

With a crowd of 500,000, Montreal’s march for the climate was the largest in the world during the September 20-27 week of climate action. Yet it was also noteworthy for another reason. Despite provincial labour laws preventing unions from striking over political issues, 11 locals representing 7,500 workers formally voted to go on strike for a day.

Organizing for the strike began in January with a handful of rank-and-file teachers who were also involved in grassroots ecological movements. François Geoffroy and Frédéric Legault had little experience with unions, but when they saw that the international network Earth Strike was calling for a climate strike on September 27, they decided to dedicate all their energy to organizing a real climate strike. They linked up with the rank-and-file union network Lutte Commune (Common Struggle) to make connections with union activists on how to push forward.

The strategy they came up with was to get local membership meetings to pass a strike mandate. This mandate would be “conditional”: it would take effect only if a critical mass – at least 10 locals representing 5,000 workers – were participating. That way the locals would not strike alone and be vulnerable to repression and marginalization. It also ensured that locals could coordinate without having to use the formal structures of labour federations for communication and strategizing.

Coordination outside the formal structures was important because the unions that the organizers thought might strike belonged to various federations. They didn’t expect a majority of unions to go on strike in any single federation, and they expected the federations to be reluctant, if not hostile to the project.

Teachers Vote to Strike

By June 2019 the first three locals had voted to strike, all of them representing teachers at Quebec’s system of public two-year post-secondary, pre-university colleges, known as CEGEPs. Word was spreading fast among teachers that a climate strike was coming up, and many locals scheduled strike votes for after the summer break.

By design, these strike votes put CEGEP administrators in an awkward position. Administrators did not want to appear to be “against the environment,” and therefore were not eager to repress the strike movement. Under pressure, the administrations of many of the colleges decided to cancel classes for September 27. Instead, they announced an “institutional day” where questions of climate change would be discussed.

Many local union officials therefore called off the strike votes they had scheduled for the start of the school year. Since classes were already canceled, they reasoned, the objective of allowing their members to participate in the rally was fulfilled.

A Strike, Not a Class Cancellation

But the half-dozen rank-and-file leaders who were spearheading the movement replied with a small leaflet titled “eight reasons to vote the strike anyway.” For one, not every CEGEP had suspended classes. Second, canceling classes did not necessarily imply that teachers would be free to participate in the rally.

Most important, teachers had begun the mobilization. It was their movement, not a movement organized by administrators. They were not going to march for the planet because their boss “let them” do so, but because they had decided not to work.....

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On September 27, a large part of the province was shut down. Students in universities, colleges, and high schools had voted to strike. A hundred fifty businesses shut down and let their employees join the march. Thousands of workers took the day off. And amidst this turmoil, one group was striking in the proper sense. Seventy-five hundred workers were proud to be on climate strike. •

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Thank you EVERYONE for the love. It was really cold. And A LOT of people walk by and ignore me (and my HUGE BANNER!) so sometimes I really feel like I'm invisible. But then my friend Sophie came and that was awesome. Then stopped by and people from Peru

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NYC is divesting from fossil fuels and investing in a livable future for the next generation.


The Greta Thunberg student strikes, as well as Extinction Rebellion, have played a major role in raising climate change to a major issue in the UK elections. 

In June, the polling company YouGov found public concern about the environment rose to record levels in the UK after the visit of the school climate striker Greta Thunberg to parliament and the first major Extinction Rebellion protests in April. The environment was ranked as the third most pressing issue facing the nation, after Brexit and health but ahead of the economy, crime and immigration.


Today is World Environment Day, and YouGov data reveals that the public is more concerned about the environment than ever before. A quarter (27%) of Britons now cite the environment in their top three issues facing the country, putting it behind only Brexit (67%) and health (32%).


The next Fridays for Future Global Strike will be on Friday November 29th, 2019. The map at the url below shows where these strikes will be occurring in Canada and elsewhere. By clicking on a particular strike marker more information is given about the time, exact place, etc. of the strike. 

To find those in Canada click on "All countries" at the top of the map and then click on "Canada". To find those on November 29 2019, click on "Future" at the top of the map and then click on "2019-11-29".


 On Friday November 29th, there was  another set global student strikes for climate action with 630,000 strikers coming out in Germany alone. Around the world there were 2,300 student strikes in 152 countries. The strikes focused on the links between Black Friday consumer capitalism on the day when there is the greatest level of retail sales and global warming. 


Participants of the Fridays for Future movement demonstrate at the Global Climate Action Day on Simsonplatz.

Participants of the Fridays for Future movement demonstrate at the Global Climate Action Day on Simsonplatz. dpa/picture alliance via Getty I—(c) dpa-Zentralbild

For years, Black Friday has been sold as a holiday day for the consumer. In the 2018, Black Friday resulted in $6.22 billion in online sales alone, per CNBC. This year, climate activists wants people to stop and reconsider such rampant consumption.

Climate protests are taking place around the world this Black Friday to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change. The protests are also timed to demand action during the U.N. climate negotiations, COP25, which will begin in Madrid, Spain on Dec. 2.

Climate activists say more than 80 strikes are happening in the U.S. alone. Protests have already happened in Asia and Europe. In Germany alone, activists say 630,000 turned out.

According to organizers, protesters plan to disrupt large shopping centers in Chicago and hold a march and a rally in Los Angeles called “Don’t Shop. Strike!” According to Reuters, organizers expect strikes to take place in 2,300 cities in 152 countries around the world.


In Sydney Australia, the focus was on something even more urgent - the intense wildfires threatening the outskirts of the city since the beginning of September, at the tail end of the Australian winter, which has never occurred before, as the wildfire season usually only occurs in the summer. Instead, the wildfire season is now expected to last six to nine months in Australia. 

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A teenager whose family home burned down in the New South Wales bushfires has delivered a message to Scott Morrison at a climate emergency protest outside the Liberal party headquarters, saying: “your thoughts and prayers are not enough”. ...

Shiann Broderick, from Nymboida, said government inaction on the climate crisis had “supercharged bushfires”.

“People are hurting,” she said in a statement before the protest on Friday at the party’s Sydney headquarters on Friday. “Communities like ours are being devastated. Summer hasn’t even begun.” ...

The protests were part of an international day of climate strikes, the movement founded by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. ...

The protest was organised by University Students for Climate Justice, one of the groups involved in a two-day protest of an international mining conference in Melbourne, which saw one protester trampled by a police horse, several hit with capsicum spray, a dozen people arrested, and provoked public criticism about the severity of the police response. ...

Students in Adelaide gathered outside the South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference.

In Darwin protesters gathered outside the office of chief minister Michael Gunner and in Hobart a crowd rallied on the lawns outside state parliament. ...

This time, the strikes were focused on the impact of devastating bushfires in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria in which six people have died and more than 600 homes have been destroyed.

They are calling for no new coal, oil or gas projects to be built in Australia, a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, and funding for a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities.


More on student strikes for climate action around the world below: 

The climate strike in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Manila to Copenhagen as part of the latest student climate strikes to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency.

School and university students around the world walked out of lessons on Friday with large turnouts in Madrid, where world leaders will gather on Monday for the latest UN climate summit, and Sydney, where protesters demanded action after devastating wildfires.

In London, crowds called for the climate crisis to take centre stage in next month’s election and condemned Boris Johnson for not taking part in Thursday night’s televised climate debate.

Millie Hedley, 17, from Watford, said: “I can’t vote, which is very annoying, but I try to do as much as I can to let the government know that all these students here, we want our voices heard.”

Frida Roper, 17, said she was suffering from severe “eco-anxiety” as evidence mounted of the scale of the climate breakdown. ...

World leaders say they hear us and that they understand the urgency. But in one year of climate strikes, nothing has changed, nothing,” she said.

“For every step made forward, we went five steps back. The scientists say we have never been less likely to stay below 1.5C [above pre-industrial levels].”

In Manchester several hundred young people gathered outside the Central Library at St Peter’s Square, accompanied by lecturers on strike from Manchester University.

Holding a placard saying “I’m the only one allowed to fuck up my future”, Keyleigh Waterhouse, 18, said she was striking because politicians were not taking the climate emergency seriously enough. “Boris Johnson not showing up to the Channel 4 debate on the climate showed he doesn’t care. He’s not understood and he’s not bothered.” ...

Friday’s action comes after more alarming news on the scale and scope of the climate crisis. This week scientists warned the world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points posing an “existential threat to civilisation”.

Two days earlier a separate study from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization revealed that the concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere had hit a record high.



A large crowd protested at the student strike for climate action in Toronto

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Mobs of shouting people convened in downtown Toronto this afternoon — not to shop, as one might expect on Black Friday, but to demand that immediate action be taken to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Because you can't enjoy a half-price big screen 4K TV when your entire home is underwater, now can you? ...

Like the massive international climate strike that brought thousands out to protest in Toronto a few months ago, today's march saw activists walk from Queen's Park to Toronto City Hall with all sorts of creative signs. ...

"On November 29th, we will be joining people around the globe to demand climate justice for all before the COP 25 meeting in Madrid, Spain on the implementation of the Paris Agreement," reads a description for the event on Facebook.

"Here in Canada, in the wake of the federal elections, it is also crucial for us to hold our newly elected officials accountable to their electoral promises, and to push all levels of government to be more ambitious in their climate action."