Before she spoke speeches were given by Indigenous groups, signs saying ‘KKK Kenney’ were seen in the crowd
EDMONTON – Boos could be heard amid the cheers for Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, during a rally outside the Alberta Legislature building in Edmonton today.
Thunberg told thousands of people gathered that our future is at stake.
“We want the people in power to unite behind science,” she said.
Opponents criticize those they see as exploiting the teen. On Ted Talk Greta Thunberg said she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, selective mutism and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Others question who is paying for her and her father’s trip to Canada on the eve of Canada’s federal election where climate change is a ballot issue.
And before the event, Thunberg didn’t answer reporter’s questions about who is paying for her hotel and the Tesla her and her father drove from New York to Canada.
The teen has become a polarizing symbol.
She has massive support online.
But many oppose her perceived interference into Alberta’s issues.
#GretaThurnberg say lots but why not go to China, Russia, Argentnia, Saudi those countries pollute and put Canada to shame. Alberta is better than Toronto or Vancouver yet nothing said. Toronto produces how muchmore than all of oil sands?— cory (@cory_joh) October 18, 2019
A counter-rally was put on by United We Roll, based out of Red Deer. The pro-pipeline group led a convoy to Ottawa in February.
And still others thought the counter-rally wouldn’t portray the province in a positive light.
The United We Roll convoy counter-protest to #GretaInAlberta could turn out to be a major PR disaster. Mocking a climate strike of thousands of teens and others, with large rigs are visuals that will not reflect good on Alberta.— Duane Bratt (@DuaneBratt) October 18, 2019
Thunberg was scheduled to speak at 12 but finally took to the stage about 1:20 after speeches by Indigenous groups. The Indigenous groups thanked Thunberg for including them in the protest.
Chants against Alberta Premier Jason Kenney were heard before the speeches started. Signs saying “KKK Kenney” could be seen in the crowd.
At the end of the climate protest event, Edmonton Police tried to keep the crowd in order.
Climate Justice Edmonton participated in the march with Thunberg to Beaver Hills Park. The issues being protested included indigenous sovereignty and saving the planet.
–Alberta Press Leader staff
Updated Oct. 18 2:43 p.m. and 6:04 p.m.
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