Protesters gathered in Fredericton and Halifax on Friday demanding action to address the climate crisis.
The two rallies were part of a larger ensemble across the country and the world. It comes just a month before a meeting of international leaders who will discuss the future of how to reduce the impact of climate change.
In Fredericton, there were about 100 people outside of the New Brunswick legislature. Speakers took turns addressing what they felt was the biggest part of the climate change problem.
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The High Chief of Wolastoq, Ron Tremblay, greeted the crowd and spoke about the land being destroyed by bipeds. He also pointed to New Brunswick’s largest industry owners, the Irving, describing the province as owned by a company.
Climate activists, both young and old, spoke directly about the situation.
“Every little drop of victory in an ocean of water that is going to become a wave of resistance is going to flood this province, this country and demand a change: we are going to achieve an economy that puts people and the climate first . profit, ”said Abram Lutes, provincial coordinator of the Common Front for Social Justice.
In Halifax, more than 1,000 people flooded the streets. It was primarily a youth-led rally, according to Lillian Hougan-Veenema.
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“We just have, not just elected, but a change of government and this is a good time for them to really prioritize climate action and be at the forefront of their plans to understand that climate change is at the root of so many different problems in the society. ”He said in an interview.
The crowd stood outside Nova Scotia Power and chanted before continuing.
New Brunswick’s official reduction target in the climate plan is 10.7 megatons by 2030. Nova Scotia aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 53% below 2005 levels by 2030.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, between October 31 and November 12.
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