Major climate protest to shut down Burrard Street Bridge

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Hundreds of climate activists plan to take the Burrard Street Bridge over for the entire day Monday, as they call for action on climate change.

The protest, called Bridge-Out, is part of a global movement, demonstrators in more than 60 countries are taking part in rallies on the climate emergency.

In Vancouver, hundreds of activists are planning to occupy the bridge starting at 8:30 a.m. for the entire day, Jess is a volunteer with the group Extinction Rebellion Vancouver and she says while the protest will affect traffic, it’s needed to make a point to all levels of governments.

“We feel like we don’t have any other choice right now. We are the same people as those people in the cause. We are extremely concerned about the climate crisis.”

While it’s supposed to be a peaceful protest, some activists are willing to be arrested over the issue, adding they’ve been offered legal help and workshops to prepare.

The protest follows a climate strike organized by Sustainabiliteens Vancouver and Climate Strike Canada in late September where many students walked out of school and thousands of protesters gathered.

In a Facebook event Extinction Rebellion says, “If the 100,000 strong climate strike on September 27th made you feel the power of mass nonviolent mobilization, don’t let the momentum fade.”

As of Sunday, 21,000 people are interested in Mondays event.

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