On Black Friday, hundreds of local Victorians are expected to join together to march from Centennial Square to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources office located near Blanshard and Herald Street.
The event in Victoria is part of a global movement calling for a New Green Deal (NGD) that addresses the scale of the climate crisis from an economic standpoint.
At the same time as Victorians join together to march, there will be approximately 40 other protests happening across Canada and countless more worldwide.
Inspired by the Fridays for Future movement initiated by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, the upcoming climate strike is protesting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, demanding an end to fracking and extraction.
Old growth forest protection, affordable housing, expanded and free public transit, and habitat restoration are just a few of the proposals made in the NGD.
The argument is that these initiatives can be achieved by re-allocating funds from subsidizing the LNG industry.
Keeping the momentum
“Every waking moment, I’m engulfed by an overwhelming and acute sense of despair for my existence. If I’m not fighting for our collective future, why fight at all?” questions a young activist, Hazel Hennebury, who will be speaking at the protest.
Activists are determined to keep the momentum going after the global climate strikes in September saw over 7 million people taking to the streets to demand climate action worldwide.
The march in Victoria begins at 12 p.m. on November 29th and the protest is scheduled to last until approximately 3 p.m.
The organizers are encouraging a loud crowd and ask participants to bring their friends, coworkers, kids and noisemakers.
- When: Friday, November 29th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Where: Centennial Square