I suggest a new rule for any discussion we have about climate change. The rule is simple: from now on, every article we write on the subject for a broad audience must include some variation of the phrase “we can solve global warming.” It has the virtue of not only being true, but also helpful.
While serious policymakers and scientists correctly identify global warming as a grave danger to humanity, it’s a mistake to rely solely on fear to motivate people. Research in behavioral psychology has shown that most people tune out when threats appear overwhelming or unresolvable. It’s no wonder, then, that the infamously dour New York Times article on the new IPCC findings last year quickly faded into the background.
Greta Thunberg has left North America and is traveling back to Europe with the use of a catamaran. Thunberg will now head to Europe where she will attend the UN climate summit, according to the Daily Mail.
Thankfully for Thunberg, an Australian couple offered to sail her back from Virginia in the United States. It will take her two to three weeks to get to Portugal, depending on the Atlantic Ocean’s temperament.
During her time in North America, Thunberg met with world leaders, famous actors, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Swedish activist even took time to visit Alberta where she received a cooler reception than other stops on her tour.
Controversial climate activist Greta Thunberg will appear at the Vancouver climate strike planned for this Friday.
According to a release by organizers, “the movement will take to the streets again this Friday for a post-election climate strike featuring local Indigenous activists.”
Organizers told CTV News that the purpose of the event is to ensure that climate action remains a top priority for politicians following the federal election.
Thunberg has been touring Canada for several weeks, having made stops in major cities nationwide. September’s Montreal march brought out an estimated 500,000 people participate, with last week’s Edmonton march seeing over 10,000 people congregate.
Thunberg, a figurehead for climate change activists globally, has made waves since her initial splash in Sweden. In late 2018, Thunberg began the school climate strikes and public speeches for which she has become an internationally recognized climate activist, skipping out on class to raise awareness.
Not everyone is a fan of Thunberg’s antics, though. A mural of Thunberg painted in downtown Edmonton was vandalized with pro-oil graffiti only days after it’s completion. As CBC cameras collected footage of the event, local resident James Bagnall etched the words “Stop the Lies. This is Oil Country!!!” across Thunberg’s face.
“This is Alberta. This is oil country. My father has worked in the oil industry. We don’t need foreigners coming in and telling us how to run our business, support our families, put food on our tables,” Bagnall told CBC.
Only hours later, another man defaced the wall with a more vulgar message, calling Greta a “petite salop,” a French vulgarity
Though not popular everywhere in Canada, Vancouver, is expected to accept Thunberg’s message more openly than some other cities out west. Vancouver has already had numerous climate protests in the last few months.
On September 27, hoards gathered outside Vancouver City Hall to march into downtown for the General Strike for Climate Justice.
An October 7 event, this time by Extinction Rebellion, shut down important veins of traffic such as the Burrard Street Bridge. Another event by Extinction Rebellion saw downtown Vancouver shut down after a small group of protesters marched through the city’s core.
Downtown Vancouver can expect heavy traffic tomorrow as eco-radical group Extinction Rebellion will be protesting during rush hour, according to CTV.
Protests are expected to begin at 4:30 pm at Georgia and Hamilton streets. As per the Facebook event, 100 people say they will be in attendance, with an additional 400 people noting that they’re interested.
As for the route to be taken, there is currently no route set in stone for Friday’s march.
Some may remember when just weeks ago, Extinction Rebellion clogged up traffic in a stunt wherein protestors blocked off the downtown bridge for 12 hours. Ten people were arrested during the incident for obstruction.
Extinction Rebellion has made international headlines for stunts of similar nature. Just this week, Extinction Rebellion members were assaulted following their halting of a London tube train.
American activists affiliated with Portland Rising Tide blocked train tracks carrying piping to the Trans Mountain Expansion earlier today.
Members stood on the rail with signage calling Justin Trudeau a hypocrite for his role in approving the project and eventually blocked a train car from heading to Alberta.
The environmental group released a statement claiming that further pipeline development would harm the Orca whale population and increase climate change.
Another American activist group called Mosquito Fleet was involved in Thursday’s protest.
Earlier this month, members from that group paddled from the United States into the port of Vancouver to protest the shipping of material intended to help with expanding the pipeline.