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.
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.