Climate march moves through Edmonton ahead of Greta Thunberg's speech

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to several thousand people at a climate strike rally

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to several thousand people at a climate strike rally

"We can not allow this crisis to continue to be a partisan, political question, " Thunberg said in a speech before thousands of people on the steps of the provincial legislature. Many held banners and signs with slogans including "be a better ancestor". "I am asking everyone connected to the oil and gas industry to come out in unity to show Greta we do not need her yelling at us", said co-organizer Joel Mullan on United We Roll's website, adding that Alberta was proud of its "clean energy".

Pro-energy campaigners plan to challenge a climate change demonstration by teen eco-activist Greta Thunberg in Canada with their own counter-protest. "We're doing this because our future is at stake", the Swedish activist said. "We are doing this because we want the people in power to unite behind science".

The state's oil sands will be the single biggest source of Carbon dioxide emissions in Canada.

However, while some shouted their support for Thunberg, who's been the face of the struggle against political inaction on global warming, counter-protesters who affirmed oil manufacturing traveled into the city to produce their distaste for Thunberg understood, blaring their horns as she talked. "Many energy sector workers and the Alberta government feel the oil sands, scorned by environmentalists for their high carbon emissions intensity, have been unfairly targeted and say the sector is making progress cutting greenhouse gas output". The march, organised by indigenous and environmental groups, came days ahead of Monday's federal election in which climate change and the future of the oil and gas industry have proven to be important and contentious issues. Late last month, Thunberg led a rally in Montreal that attracted 500,000 people and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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