Climate protesters have been taking to the streets of Vancouver since this morning. There have literally been hundreds of people flooding into downtown trying to urge the government to take action on climate change. In fact, there are so many people protesting that police shut down Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver. Delays and changed bus routes should be expected as a result.
Traffic on a good day in Vancouver can still be a task. With the climate strikes that are going on right now, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
According to the Extinction Rebellion website, climate change protesters planned on taking over the Burrard Bridge on October 7, 2019.
The website asked people to come out and ”join the rebellion” and together “take back these streets and demand that our politicians listen to the voices of average Canadians through a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological justice.”
This #BridgeOut event started at 8 a.m. on the morning of October 7, 2019, but by the looks of it, it has had a successful turnout. The event states that there is no exact end time so be prepared to change your travel plans to accommodate.
Vancouver Police shut down the bridge early this morning and they are expecting it to remain closed this afternoon for commuters, according to one tweet. "We are working with (the protesters) to minimize further traffic disruptions while maintaining public safety."
#VanTraffic We are expecting the Burrard Bridge to remain closed during this afternoon's commute. Members from our… https://t.co/lCKkX4FM7i— Vancouver Police (@Vancouver Police)1570483488.0
As a result of the early morning protest, bus routes around Vancouver changed. According to the TransLink website, bus services in certain areas will be experiencing delays due to the downtown march.
Bus routes including the numbers 2, 32, 44, will also be experiencing detours.
Climate protesters block Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver amid worldwide demonstrations | CBC News… https://t.co/Oa0GETRVK7— CBC British Columbia (@CBC British Columbia)1570477381.0
The details surrounding the changed bus routes can be found on the TransLink website.
Despite the rainy start to the day, the protesters plan on staying as they do not have an end time set. According to one tweet, an organizer was overheard talking about how they could be there for 20 hours.
Police have shut down #Vancouver's Burrard Bridge for #ExtinctionRebellion protest. One organizer I just talked to… https://t.co/LGmDetCr2s— Mike Hager (@Mike Hager)1570469187.0
She also allegedly said that everyone will pack up whenever it stops being fun. A DJ may even be making an appearance.
https://t.co/inIQ8MdTwH A climate change protest early this morning has shut down major bridges in Halifax, Toronto… https://t.co/LTazfDgpmn— TfsNews.com (@TfsNews.com)1570458787.0
It looks as though everyone is enjoying themselves and according to one tweet, a hockey game even broke out on the bridge. Is there anything more Canadian than that?
A hockey game has started on the bridge. https://t.co/nzLKfzvrle— Andrea Ross (@Andrea Ross)1570469745.0
But this isn't just happening in Vancouver. Right now, bridges all across Canada are being blocked by protesters fighting for action against climate change.
By the looks of the pictures online, there are literally hundreds of people taking over the Burrard Bridge.
Along with rain jackets, everyone is sporting some sort of sign to urge the government to take action on climate change.
@CTVVancouver A large group of protestors now heading to the middle of the Burrard St. Bridge. They expect this to… https://t.co/gaGhqdHcrQ— Sheila Scott (@Sheila Scott)1570466019.0
As of late, climate change has been a hot button issue. Tons of climate protests have been going on all across Canada throughout the month of October.
Greta Thunberg even came to Canada and publicly called out Justin Trudeau for “not doing enough.”