For the past month, climate change protests have been in the spotlight. All over Canada, likeminded people have been rallying in hopes of adressing the climate crisis and encouraging political leaders to take a stand. Greta Thunberg's Edmonton climate march appearance on Friday garnered a different sort of attention, though, in the form of an oil and gas counter-protest.
The counter-protest was originally announced on the United We Roll Facebook page. They announced that climate activist and well-known youth advocate Greta Thunberg would be attending and speaking at the protest.
This is not the first time Thunberg has participated in climate protests in Canada. Not long ago, Thunberg even met with Justin Trudeau to discuss Canada's role in fighting climate change.
The protest began at 11 a.m. local time on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Beaver Hills House Park in Edmonton. By the looks of the video footage, there was a large turnout of both climate marchers and counter-protestors.
A short time afterwards, Thunberg took to the stage and was greeted with a massive round of applause and screams. Thunberg began her speech by acknowledging that she and everyone at the march were standing on Treaty 6 land.
Greta is now making her speech. #GretaInAlberta #yeg https://t.co/ZRtCZMT4Vq— Morgan Black (@Morgan Black) 1571427043.0
Some more of Greta’s speech #ClimateStrikeYEG #GretaInAlberta https://t.co/gNYlr54YtY— Anna Junker (@Anna Junker) 1571427523.0
During her speech, Thunberg did what she has proven to do best and discussed the ecological emergency that is climate change.
She made the point of saying that no one is out striking because it is fun or because everyone has a special interest in the climate and taking away people's jobs, but rather everyone is doing it because “our future is at stake.”
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“In this crisis, we will not be bystanders. We are doing it because we want the people in power to unite behind the science,” said Thunberg to the crowd.
Thunberg made a point of stating that richer countries, such as Sweden or Canada, would need to get down to zero emissions faster than other places so that poorer countries could heighten their standard of living with things we already have. This would include things such as clean water, roads, and hospitals.
Who says Albertans don't care about #climatechange? Look at the crowd for @GretaThunberg in Edmonton. https://t.co/663OMfBhG6— Gerald Butts (@Gerald Butts) 1571426406.0
Thunberg also made a call to action for everyone to join the protest, not just schools and youth.
“If people really knew about the full consequences of the climate and ecological emergency then they would join us in the streets,” said Thunberg.
Thunberg received resounding applause when she stated that the climate crisis cannot be a “partisan political question” as it is far beyond politics. “You can not solve an emergency without treating it at once,” she said.
CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG addresses 1,000s at climate change protest this afternoon at Edmonton, Alta… https://t.co/64dUf2Lw6p— Chronicle.Lance (@Chronicle.Lance) 1571428568.0
Thunberg finished her speech by shutting down haters who think that she and everyone else should be in school instead. She said that they should just take her place “or better yet, join so we can speed up the process.”
As of now, Thunberg has stated that there are a whopping 7.5 million people across the globe fighting in this movement. "Imagine what we could do together if we really wanted to. Nothing is impossible if enough people stand united.”