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Canada Greta Thunberg’s Alberta visit igniting greater discussion on climate change

17:00  19 october  2019
17:00  19 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg 'doesn't understand' Alberta, environment minister says

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg , 16, addressed the U.N.' s Climate Action Summit in New York City on Monday. Here' s the full transcript of But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice.

Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg has made a passionate speech to world leaders at the UN, accusing them of failing to act on climate change . "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words," she told a UN climate summit in New York. About 60 world leaders are taking part

a group of people in uniform walking by a crowd: Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (right) and climate change activists gather for a march and rally at the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley Swedish activist Greta Thunberg (right) and climate change activists gather for a march and rally at the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

"We are not doing this because we want to. We aren't doing it because it's fun."

Those series of words from 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg elicited thunderous applause and shouts from the crowd gathered at the Alberta legislature Friday afternoon.

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It resonated strongly with the young people in attendance — one of them being 18-year-old student Abigail Thomas.

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Greta Thunberg is angry, and not just about climate change . "The haters are as active as ever", the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist posted on Of course, the attention isn't surprising. Over the past year, Greta Thunberg has arguably done more to galvanise global action on climate than any other

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has earned accolades from world leaders for her emotional speeches. Thunberg ’ s passionate speech before world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last week cemented her as probably the world’s most famous climate change activist and

"I want a world to live in when I'm older and the same for my kids," she said.

Thomas was one of about 4,000 people of all ages who packed the legislature grounds to hear Thunberg speak, an opportunity she and others in the crowd were anxious for.

Edmonton marked Thunberg's second stop in the province this week; she also visited Calgary.

READ MORE: Climate activist Greta Thunberg heading to Alberta

"We've known for a long time that climate change is a real threat to humanity and it's time for governments to take action," said Lisa Budney.

Several protesters carried signs depicting oil being kept in the ground, with chants erupting for immediate climate action.

While Richard Knack agrees with the latter statement, he's not so keen on the former.

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest to climate rally with Greta Thunberg

  Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest to climate rally with Greta Thunberg EDMONTON — A group oil and gas supporters is planning a counter-rally when Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shows up at the Alberta legislature. Glen Carritt, who organized the United We Roll convoy that travelled to Ottawa in February, says a similar convoy will start in Red Deer, Alta., on Friday morning and make its way to Edmonton.Carritt says the trucks are expected to arrive at the legislature at noon, when a climate rally is to begin with 16-year-old Thunberg.He says Albertans in the oil and gas sector are frustrated with celebrities visiting the province and telling them how to run their business.

To the Editor: Christopher Caldwell, in his condescending assault on Greta Thunberg , the 16-year-old Swedish high school climate activist (Op-Ed, Aug. 3), asserts that “democracy often calls for waiting and seeing.”. For what exactly does he propose that we wait and see?

Greta Thunberg watches Donald Trump. Credit:Reuters. "So a 50 per cent risk is simply not acceptable to us – we who have to live with the To have a 67 per cent chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ]

"Climate change is very important," he said. "We know that there's 20 to 50 years left with oil energy, we can't stop it. Yet, we're trying to so quickly and that's getting people upset on both sides."

READ MORE: Alberta oil and gas advocates plan counter-rally amid Greta Thunberg’s visit to Edmonton

A counter-rally was also planned in Alberta on Friday.

United We Roll led a truck convoy of supporters of Alberta's oil and gas industry, with stops in Red Deer, Nisku and downtown Edmonton to coincide with the climate strike at the legislature.

Zachary Neufeld, 18, works in Fort McMurray and went to the rally with a few friends carrying signs that read, "I Love Canadian Energy." They said they believe in climate change, but there's a way to make fewer emissions while keeping jobs.

"It's really important that we keep those jobs, especially in Alberta, because that's a lot of our economy," Neufeld said.

Organizers expect thousands for Edmonton's climate strike with Greta Thunberg

  Organizers expect thousands for Edmonton's climate strike with Greta Thunberg Thousands are expected at the legislature to see Greta Thunberg on Friday and police are trying plan accordingly.The Swedish activist is known for sparking climate protests across the globe.

This Ms. Thunberg provides. That climate change be understood as an “emergency” is her first objective. Sometime after the age of 16, most people learn that not even the members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are above self-interest and human error.

Greta Thunberg FRSGS (born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition.

Oil and gas has been central to Alberta's economy for generations, but the debate has become increasingly divisive in recent years. Demand for action on climate change is increasing while a sluggish petro-economy has seen thousands of Albertans thrown out of work.

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Kenney won the spring election, in part, on a platform that paints Alberta as being victimized by a federal Liberal government determined to gut the industry through inaction or harmful regulation.

Kenney has also launched a $30-million war room along with a public inquiry to root out what he says are foreign interests pulling the strings of climate activists to keep Alberta's core industry down. And his government has gutted a climate change program launched by the previous NDP government, including a consumer carbon tax.

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Kenney had said his government didn't plan on meeting with Thunberg and, during the rally Friday, he visited a power plant near Edmonton that's switching from coal to cleaner natural gas.

"This is the kind of real, practical, technological solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Kenney said.

One thing most people agree with: Thunberg is igniting discussion.

"She's sparking a conversation, getting people to start to take this seriously across the globe," said Budney.

— With files from Dean Bennett and Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg visits glacier in Jasper National Park .
JASPER, Alta. — Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has visited a glacier in Jasper National Park on her way to Vancouver to attend a climate rally. In a tweet to her followers, the Swedish teenager thanked scientist John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada's Brenda Shepherd for educating her on the effects of the climate on the national park in Alberta. Shepherd is an ecologist for Parks Canada and Pomeroy is the director of the Global Water Futures Program, a university-led freshwater research project.Pomeroy says they spent about six hours on the Athabasca Glacier, talking about how it has retreated due to climate change.

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