Advertisement

Calgary students march through downtown in rally for action on climate change

Click to play video: 'Calgary students march through downtown in rally for action on climate change' Calgary students march through downtown in rally for action on climate change
WATCH: Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, a student-planned protest brought kids out of their classroom seats and into Calgary’s streets. As Tiffany Lizee reports, they were demanding political action on climate change. – Sep 27, 2019

Hundreds of students marched through Calgary on Friday to demand action on an issue they and thousands of other Canadians and people across the world say is extremely urgent: climate change.

Inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, the student-planned protest brought kids out of their classroom seats and into the streets. In Calgary, the event was more popular than anticipated.

Students joined others in the Fridays For Future rally outside City Hall at noon. Students were also gathering outside the University of Calgary to have their message heard.

READ MORE: Edmonton students rallying for action on climate change converge on Alberta legislature

Many of the young people seen downtown said they were marching because they don’t get a vote in how political leaders are handling their future.

Story continues below advertisement

“Everyone else that is in power is going to die of old age, and we’re all going to die of climate change,“ student Larissa Shannon said from the City Hall rally.

Student Larissa Shannon speaks at the Fridays for Future climate change rally at Calgary’s city hall on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News

Organizer of Friday’s march, 13-year-old Elise Zhang, said the strike has doubled, maybe even tripled in size since the first one held in March which only had about 150 people. Zhang said about 300 to 400 people joined in on Friday.

“We are not the people who created this problem,” Zhang said. “We, as youth, are members of the public who will have to live with catastrophic… like really, really bad things that will happen in the future because of this crisis.

“If we don’t do something now, if we don’t cut our emissions, we will die.”

READ MORE: Energy sector leaders call climate strikers naive, but recognize their right to protest

Story continues below advertisement

Students also protested outside St. Mary’s High School on Friday, calling on politicians in all levels of government to do more to tackle the quickly changing climate.

“I want to be able to tell my kids that I did everything in my power to say they could see a tree on the street and they have fresh air to breathe,” Grade 10 student Gemma Dimarzo said.

“The people who are making the decisions right now aren’t advocating for the youth because we are the future.”

“The politicians have to put more effort on saving us and the world because there’s no Plan B,” said Grade 11 student Carlos Suante.

17
A sign at Calgary's climate change action rally outside City Hall on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News
27
Students and others rally on the streets of downtown Calgary calling for climate change action on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News
37
Students and others rally on the streets of downtown Calgary calling for climate change action on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News
47
A rally participant holds a sign telling students their teachers support them at the march for action on climate change in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News
57
A student holds a sign at the climate change rally outside Calgary City Hall on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News
67
Students rally outside Calgary City Hall demanding action on climate change on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News
Story continues below advertisement
77
Students and others rally on the streets of downtown Calgary calling for climate change action on Friday, Sept. 27. Global News

The student organizers of Calgary’s Fridays for Future rally said their demands of the governments include new Green Deal policies that would:

Story continues below advertisement
  • Improve efficiency and accessibility to the city’s transit system and push for high-speed, efficient transportation across Canada
  • Enact aggressive environmental protection laws aimed at reducing emissions by 45 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030
  • Create millions of well-paying public jobs under to allow for Just Transition to a net-zero carbon economy
  • Invest in the renewable energy sector and make training, employment and support of the oil and gas sector and affected workers a priority
13
Students rally for action against climate change outside St. Mary's High School in Calgary. Global News
23
Students rally for action against climate change outside St. Mary's High School in Calgary. Global News
33
Students rally for action against climate change outside St. Mary's High School in Calgary. Global News

— With files from Global News’ Tiffany Lizee

Advertisement

Sponsored content