Climate protests inspired by Greta Thunberg are taking place across Canada and around the world


Environmental activists are staging protests across Canada today as part of a series of global protests against inaction on climate change.

The protests are part of the Fridays for Future movement inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

In Ottawa, video of the event streamed live on Facebook showed a crowd marching through the streets before gathering outside what one organizer said was an Ontario government office.

A speaker using a megaphone accused Doug Ford’s government of overseeing rising emissions, rolling back subsidies for electric cars and scrapping the province’s cap-and-trade system, while planning an expansion of the $6 billion highway.

“There are so many opportunities in renewable energy, but the government refuses to see them because it chooses corporate profit over people!” she said, as the crowd chanted, “Shame!”

Another event was scheduled to take place in Montreal, where organizers are planning what they describe as a course in decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty.

Activist Greta Thunberg, center, holding a sign that reads ‘School strike for climate’ in Swedish, takes part in a Fridays For Future movement march through Stockholm on Friday. Climate activists staged a 10th round of global protests on Friday to demand leaders take stronger action on global warming, with some linking their environmental message to calls for an end to the war in Ukraine. (Paul Wennerholm/TT via AP)

Dozens of other events are planned in cities across Canada, including Quebec City, Calgary and Vancouver.

Using #Peoplenotprofit, organizers denounce the role of colonialism and capitalism in climate change and call for reparations to be paid to those most affected.

Young organizers are planning climate protests around the world, including some 300 in Germany alone.