A group of protesters are calling on the BC government to take urgent action against climate emergency plans to block multiple major bridges, intersections and highways over a two-week period.
The Extinction Rebellion chapter in Vancouver says it is demanding “a commitment from provincial and federal governments to end fossil fuel subsidies before COP 26 in Glasgow,” a press release explains. If no action is taken, the group will continue with several nonviolent protests against climate change, including an attempt to close Vancouver International Airport.
Janice Oakley, a local organizer of Extinction Rebellion, says: “This is the fight of our lives. By engaging in civil disobedience in the streets, we confront the crime of the federal and provincial governments and our inability to proportionately revolt, therefore I revolt.”
The group stresses that the government is spending billions on fossil fuel subsidies, despite alarming advice from the scientific community on climate change. This behavior ultimately condemns humanity to “social collapse.”
Zain Haq, another organizer, added: “If the elected officials in power refuse to do what it takes to prevent social collapse, they will commit treason and we will exercise our legal and moral obligation to nonviolently overthrow this government. bring.”
Group outlines full plan and dates for Vancouver traffic outages
The group will begin its two-week demonstration by: block the intersection of Burrard and Georgia streets on Saturday October 16. First, the protesters gather in Nelson Park at noon before walking to their final destination.
On October 17, the group will gather at Grandview Park for action on Commercial Drive at noon. On October 18, they plan to gather in Nelson Park and then block the intersection of Granville and Georgia from 4:30 p.m. They will also block the same intersection on October 19.
On October 20, they plan to block the Burrard Street Bridge at 4:30 p.m. after gathering in Nelson Park.
They plan to block the intersection of Georgia and Cambie on Oct. 21 from 4:30 p.m. after gathering in Nelson Park. They will block the Cambie Street Bridge the following day, October 22 and 23. They gather in Coopers’ Park.
On October 24, they plan to block Grandview Highway after gathering in Falaise Park. The next day, they are planning a disruption at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for Oct. 25.
On October 26 and 27, they are planning a disruption at the University of British Columbia. The next day, October 28, they march through downtown Vancouver after meeting in Nelson Park.
Finally, on October 29, they plan to block the intersection of Main and Broadway after meeting in Nelson Park.