Windsor residents join global climate strike with downtown march

Windsor advocates of the environmental activist movement Fridays For Future, inspired by Greta Thunberg, sounded the alarm about climate change with a small rally in the city center.

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“The climate is changing. Why are we not? asked a sign carried by a small group of protesters in downtown Windsor on Friday afternoon.

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Windsor advocates of the youth-led activist movement Fridays For Future organized a rally downtown to coincide with the Global Climate Strike, an annual international event inspired by young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, aimed at raising the alarm about the global climate change.

Participants started on the river bank and walked to the city hall with banners and chants calling on politicians and the public to “treat the climate crisis as the crisis that it is.”

Among the group’s demands: Change of course on fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources; invest in a green economy; and improving flood mitigation and compensation methods in Windsor-Essex.

According to Fridays For Future, communities, citizens and the climate should be the center of attention in decisions related to the environment, recognizing that some parts of the world are being disproportionately affected by climate change.

The first Global Climate Strikes took place in September 2019, with an estimated 4,500 events occurring in 150 countries.

Protesters on Ouellette Avenue in downtown Windsor participate in a global climate strike on September 24, 2021.
Protesters on Ouellette Avenue in downtown Windsor participate in a global climate strike on September 24, 2021. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Reference-windsorstar.com

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