In Vancouver, hundreds of students skipped school and went on the streets in order to draw attention to the threat of climate change. They followed the global Climate Strike movement.
The march actually started with a rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, that is placed downtown Vancouver. Those students who took part in the march were given some clear instructions on the chants that they would be using before they go to walk around the center of the city.
Those who marched are too young to vote
The event also came with a speech by the environmental activist David Suzuki. However, most of those students that took part in the event are still too young to vote.
They were holding signs that showed “There is No Planet B” and “I Stand for What I Stand On”. The students said pro-climate slogans, together with First Nations members and adults that were supportive of the cause of these students. The organizers of the event said that the younger generation could inspire everyone to take action of climate change.
How did it all happen?
The march that took place on Friday, from Vancouver, was actually part of a global youth movement, that was inspired by the teenager Greta Thunberg, who is originally from Sweden. She recorded the heat waves and wildfires, and she sat outside the parliament in Stockholm for two weeks in order to protest the government inaction about climate change.
Has this happened before?
Many similar marches took place across the province, and also in many places in the country.
The last youth climate strike happened in March and they have a plan for another one, that is going to take place on the 27th of September, this year.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.