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Thousands of protesters in Victoria will be walking out of their schools and workplaces to join the nationwide Climate Strike today.

The walkout is scheduled for 11 a.m. after which the demonstrators will congregate at the Legislature buildings downtown for speeches and music, followed by a march down to Fort and Douglas Streets at 1:15 p.m.

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The climate strikers plan to occupy the intersection until 5 p.m., bringing music, art, and speakers to the streets with them.

Hundreds of similar climate strike events have been planned across Canada and the world today in culmination of the Global Climate Strike week that began on September 20th.

The movement, spearheaded by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and other youth activists, invited everyone to join the protests which so far have seen millions of people worldwide leaving work and school in a mass exodus of support for the cause.

Among other things, strikers are demanding that governments immediately legislate net greenhouse gas emission reductions of 75% over 2005 levels by 2030, in addition to committing to UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) in full.

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Several businesses across the city have closed for the day – including Mountain Equipment Co-op, Caffe Fantastico, and Discovery Coffee – in order to support the Strike and allow their staff to attend the rally.

Schools and post-secondary institutions across Greater Victoria have also spoken out in support of the youth strike, asking instructors and supervisors to grant concessions to students who wish to attend.

Over 4,500 people have expressed interest in attending the Victoria iteration of what is expected to be the largest climate mobilization in the country.

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will also be marching in Victoria alongside activists and protestors.

Meanwhile, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be attending the protests in Montreal with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Global Climate Strike: March and Street Party

  • When: Friday, September 27th, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Legislature buildings, 501 Belleville Street