Just because Greta Thunberg left B.C. doesn’t mean the climate strikes are over. Activists plan to keep the momentum going with a climate protest in Vancouver on Black Friday. Public demonstrations will also be taking place in Victoria as part of a Canada-wide climate action event.
Climate strikes have been taking place all over Canada in recent months. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg led huge crowds of protestors during several strikes in B.C. and Alberta, but even without her, the movement is still going strong.
Earlier this month, students at UBC in Vancouver held climate demonstrations on campus for four days in a row.
Falling on one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday climate strikes are set to take place in multiple public places in Vancouver, Victoria and other cities across the country.
According to Climate Strike Canada, the event plans to address the scale of the climate crisis from an economic point of view. Protestors will call attention to the impact of the fast fashion industry on the environment.
The organization urges Canadians to pay attention to "the danger of corporate greed and its contributions to the earth's destruction.”
According to the Vancouver Sun, Sustainabiliteens will be hosting a Futurefest to educate the public about sustainable consumerism this Friday.
At 12 p.m. on Friday, November 29, crowds of people are expected to gather around the Vancouver City Centre Station for three hours to discuss different types of consuming habits.
During this event, there will be a flash mob, an Indigenous round dance, as well as other youth performances. There will even be a clothing swap throughout the event.
Extinction Rebellion will also be hosting an event called Funeral for Extinction. This march will be taking place through the Vancouver mall as well as surrounding streets.
Extinction Rebellion also plans to bring awareness to mass consumerism.
“On Black Friday, we will be having a funeral procession to signify that if we continue down this path, the climate and ecological crisis will worsen, leaving us with a future of droughts, floods & starvation. We will mourn for the future of our planet, our ecosystems, and the lives lost due to climate crisis (human and non-human),” writes the Facebook page.
Victoria will be hosting a climate strike of its own that will incorporate a march. Starting at Centennial Square, hundreds of people will march to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources office.
Much like the other protests in Vancouver, local Victoria residents will be looking to address mass consumerism.
Even though there are still several days until the official Black Friday shopping day, many businesses have released early deals.
Black Friday will surely be a busy day in both Vancouver and Victoria. If crowds aren't your thing, you should definitely stay home.