Thousands take part in Winnipeg’s strike for climate action

Thousands of people — including many students — gathered at Manitoba’s Legislative building Friday calling for action on climate change, joining millions of others around the world taking part in the world strike on climate.The local event was organized by Manitoba Youth for Climate Action with the support of the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition.“Countries around the world are asking for bold climate action from our governments,” said Mandalyn Unger, an organizer with Manitoba Youth for Climate Action. “We’re asking for binding emission reduction to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 C and a plan that respects justice for all communities.”Scenes from a #climatestrike. Students absolutely outdid themselves today. This rally and march count among the largest #winnipeg has seen in decades. Huge thanks to them and every teacher and activist who joined them. #climatechangeisreal— MB Teachers’ Society (@mbteachers) September 27, 2019
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Protesters met at the legislative building at noon before marching down Broadway to Upper Fort Garry and back to the legislature where speakers and performers were scheduled.READ MORE: Friday afternoon protest at Manitoba Legislature to demand climate actionThe City of Winnipeg expected as many as 10,000 people to take part. Police on scene also estimated around 10,000 people marched.Similar marches took place in cities across Canada Friday, including Ottawa, where the crowd size exceeded most Canada Day celebrations, filling the streets for more than a dozen city blocks.WATCH: Thousands march on Parliament Hill demanding action on climate change