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Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg will visit Alberta in the near future. (Andrej Ivanov/Reuters)
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will travel to Alberta after a series of appearances in the United States.
Thunberg made the announcement on Twitter Saturday, one day after speaking at a rally in Denver, Colorado.
Heading north again. Now follows a few days of well needed rest while enjoying the spectacular nature of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Then on to Alberta, Canada! #slowtravel
CBC News reached out to the province to inquire whether Premier Jason Kenney or any ministers would entertain meetings with Thunberg, to which the office issued the following statement:
“We trust that Ms. Thunberg will recognize Alberta’s leading human rights and environmental standards, especially in comparison to oil-producing dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela – which she will presumably visit next – as well as major growing emitters like China,” the statement reads.
Lee Todd, spokesperson for the NDP Caucus, expressed his party’s disappointment with provincial climate policy in a statement.
“It’s profoundly disappointing that just one year ago, Greta could have seen a nation-leading climate plan that cut emissions by 50 megatonnes and supported working people producing responsible oil and gas,” Todd wrote. “Today, she will see a government in denial, funding a $30-million attack machine to shut down the voices of the next generation demanding a cleaner future.”
Todd wrote that previous climate initiatives led by youth had not been received properly by provincial representatives.
“When these youth came to our Legislature, they were mocked by the Premier’s own staff who trolled them with signs in their windows rather than actually engaging them on this critical issue of climate change,” he wrote. “If Ms. Thunberg requests a meeting, we will always consider it.”
The announcement comes a few weeks after Thunberg spoke to a massive crowd in Montreal, estimated at half a million. MORE