Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a student-led climate change march and rally in Vancouver, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Thousands join Vancouver climate march with Greta Thunberg

Thousands of Canadians joined Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg in a climate march in downtown Vancouver Friday.

The rally organized by Sustainabiliteens, a local youth organization, began at 11 a.m. outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Thunberg, 16, is expected to speak at the march early Friday afternoon.

She inspired a global youth climate justice movement when she began skipping school every Friday and sitting outside the Swedish parliament in her native Stockholm to demand climate action last year.

She’s touring Canada after sailing the Atlantic Ocean from Britain to New York to attend a United Nations climate summit in September. Thunberg joined a huge rally in Montreal on Sept. 27, and also stopped in oil-rich Alberta last week where she attended a rally at the legislature and met with local First Nations.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, and John Pomeroy, director of the Global Water Futures program at the University of Saskatchewan, are shown during a visit to the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park in this recent handout photo. (Mark Ferguson/THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – University of Saskatchewan)

Thunberg also visited the glaciers in Jasper National Park on her way to Vancouver to attend the rally. In a tweet to her followers, the Swedish teenager thanked scientist John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada’s Brenda Shepherd for educating her on the effects of the climate on the national park in Alberta.

The Vancouver rally coincides with the filing of a lawsuit from 15 youths across Canada, who say the federal government’s inaction on reducing greenhouse gases has violated their charter rights, because children will be disproportionately affected by climate change.

With files from CBC News and The Canadian Press

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