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Greta Thunberg mural surfaces after teen activist comes to Edmonton

Greta Thunberg mural surfaces after teen activist comes to Edmonton”

St. Albert residents joined thousands of protesters who joined Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in a climate strike Friday in Edmonton, while counter-protesters drove a honking convoy by.

On the way to the rally, a crowd of people stretching two city blocks first marched with Thunberg through part of Edmonton's downtown.

Before and as marchers arrived, counter-protesters with United We Roll For Canada were signalling their support for oil and gas by laying on their horns while driving by on 109 Street.

The pro-energy rally is being organised by the local group United We Roll, for Canada which staged a similar rally in February to challenge a pair of environmental bills that are both praised and criticised for toughening the already hard regulatory environment for Canadian energy companies.

Thunberg, who is now touring North America, has been making global headlines for accusing world leaders of letting down youth by doing little to tackle climate change.

"We care for the environment, of course we do".

Before she left England in August, she said "I don't know yet how I will get home", according to the Daily Mail.

He also said he hopes she's warmly welcomed in Edmonton, but he had no plans to meet with her.

Oil and gas has been central to Alberta's economy for generations, but the debate has become increasingly divisive in recent years. It's unclear if it was painted before or after Thunberg's appearance at the Edmonton climate strike on Friday. They said they believe in climate change, but there's a way to make fewer emissions while keeping jobs.

Thunberg said students want to be in class, but the climate crisis is an emergency that doesn't allow for the luxury of time.

"It can definitely be terrifying when somebody is threatening your job the way that they feel that Greta and other climate activists probably are", said Buhler, who works as a machinist for a company that provides equipment to the oil and gas industry. "Calling for the conclusion of this modern industrial market, advocating to place huge numbers of people from work... isn't a real-world solution".

Notley posted a letter Thursday on Twitter commending Thunberg for her advocacy and inviting the teen to meet with her.

At one point three young men tried to rush Thunberg, but organizers kept them back, said Joe Vipond with the Calgary Climate Hub.

For starters, the boat she took to get to NY, the Malizia II, has returned to Europe.

"No. It's science." Thunberg responded.

Meanwhile, the City of Edmonton said it was working with police to ensure public safety and minimize disruptions. "Citizens are encouraged to take alternate routes if possible".



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