Climate activism is on everyone's lips right now, and that doesn't look like changing anytime soon. You can probably expect some delays getting to work on Monday, October 7 because another Toronto climate protest is hitting the streets of the 6ix. What they're calling the "Global Rebellion" is hosted by a group called Extinction Rebellion, and the Toronto leg of the protest expects to disrupt morning traffic at around 8 a.m. in Toronto's east end as people head to work on Monday morning.
The headline for commuters is that Prince Edward Viaduct, part of the north-east Toronto thoroughfare that is Bloor Street East, will be blocked by protesters close to Playter Gardens Park. The viaduct is a high-volume route into the city, and the group reportedly plans to start blocking the bridge during morning rush hour.
Toronto isn't the only Canadian city in which Extinction Rebellion will be hosting protests. Vancouver is also expected to be hit with a massive protest on Burrard Bridge, as well as Montreal and Halifax. According to CBC, there's no clear word so far on the Montreal side of things but the group is set to target the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax.
According to Extinction Rebellion's Facebook event, they'll meet at Playter Gardens Park for a quick briefing, then head to the bridge. At the bridge, there will be speeches, performances, singing, and dancing.
Their reasoning? Their site says "members of Extinction Rebellion in Toronto intend to perform nonviolent direct actions until Canadian leaders agree to meet Extinction Rebellion's three demands and take emergency action now."
The group's three demands are outlined as such:
- "TELL THE TRUTH: Governments must declare a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change."
- "ACT NOW: Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025."
- "BEYOND POLITICS: Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate action and ecological justice.
Just last week, Canadians gathered in their cities to protest on the issues of Climate Change after activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the UN in New York. Thunberg herself even spoke at the climate strike in Montreal.
According to the Facebook event, organizers state that they "are joining together as a global family in an International Rebellion as we grieve the suffering and destruction of our beautiful world.
"We will gather with our communities across cities, countries, and continents, to rise up and rebel for our deep love of life and the need to protect it."
Paris, London, and New York are also listed as cities where protests will take place.
Narcity has reached out to Extinction Rebellion for more information.