Canada Climate change activist Greta Thunberg visits glacier in Jasper National Park
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg 'doesn't understand' Alberta, environment minister says
Alberta’s environment minister says teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg “doesn’t understand” Alberta and signalled the government won’t be laying out the welcome mat for her upcoming visit to the province. Speaking to reporters outside the legislature Tuesday, Environment Minister Jason Nixon said Thunberg hasn't reached out to the UCP government in advance of her visit, and the government has no plans to contact her.
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.
Activist Greta Thunberg arrives in Alberta ahead of climate strike at legislature
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.
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.
Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement that has seen her speak plainly to world leaders and forums, chastising them to do something before it's too late to reverse catastrophic weather changes.
She has been touring Western Canada and attended a climate rally in Edmonton last Friday that attracted thousands of people to the lawn of the Alberta legislature.
Thunberg also met with the chief of a northern Alberta First Nation to learn about the oilsands.
Greta Thunberg says she didn't know about Victoria invite, but ferry emissions not an issue .
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg is disputing stories about an invitation to speak to British Columbia's provincial legislature, saying she wasn't aware of the invite and "definitely" didn't turn it down because of concern over ferry emissions. On Tuesday, B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said he extended an invitation to visit Victoria to the 16-year-old Swede. But rumours quickly spread through Victoria's political circles that Thunberg wouldn't be coming to Victoria because there's no way to get there without burning fossil fuels either by ferry or flight.