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A group of protesters called on the BC government to take urgent action against the climate contingency plans to block several major bridges, intersections and highways over a period of two weeks.
The Extinction Rebellion’s Vancouver chapter says it requires “the commitment of provincial and federal governments to end fossil fuel subsidies before COP 26 in Glasgow,” explains a press release. If no action is taken, the group will move forward with more non-violent protests against climate change, which will include an attempt to close Vancouver International Airport.
Janice Oakley, a local organizer of Extinction Rebellion, says: “This is the battle of our lives. By engaging in civil disobedience in the streets, we confront the crime of federal and provincial governments and our inability to act proportionately by rebelling. That’s why I want to rebel. ”
The group highlights that the government is spending billions on fossil fuel subsidies despite the alarming advice from the scientific community on climate change. This behavior ultimately condemns humanity to “social collapse”.
Zain Haq, another organizer, adds: “If elected officials refuse to do whatever is necessary to avoid social collapse, they are committing treason and we will exercise our legal and moral obligation not to violently bring this government down. down.”
The group outlines full plan and dates for traffic disruptions in Vancouver:
- The group will begin its two-week demonstration by blocking the intersection of Burrard and Georgia streets on Saturday, October 16th. First, the protesters will gather in Nelson Park at noon before heading to the final destination.
- On October 17, the group gathers in Grandview Park at noon for action on Commercial Drive. On October 18, they plan to gather in Nelson Park and then block the intersection between Granville and Georgia from 6 p.m. 16:30. They are also blocking the same intersection on October 19th.
- On Oct. 20, they plan to block the Burrard Street Bridge at 6 p.m. 16:30 after gathering in Nelson Park.
- They plan to block the intersection of Georgia and Cambie on October 21 from 16:30 after being gathered in Nelson Park. They will block the Cambie Street Bridge the following day, October 22 and October 23. They will gather in Coopers’ Park.
- On October 24, they plan to block the Grandview Highway after gathering in Falaise Park. The following day, they plan an interruption at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on October 25th.
- On October 26 and 27, they are planning an interruption at the University of British Columbia. The following day, October 28, they march throughout downtown Vancouver after meeting each other in Nelson Park.
- Finally, on October 29, they plan to block the intersection of Main and Broadway after a meeting in Nelson Park.