"We should also take that as a compliment". Similar rallies were held in cities across the country.
Thunberg said she planned to attend a protest in Montreal. Then on Tuesday, a group of 16 children, including Thunberg, filed a landmark worldwide complaint against five nations for violating their rights by not acting on climate change. She rapidly became one of the most celebrated - and reviled - people in the world. "We are the change, and change is coming". "I would really like to see reducing the amount of pipelines that we have and exploring different sources of energy like renewable energy and transfer job placements so we can get people that were working in the pipelines to more renewable sources of energy".
Earlier this week Fox News had to issue an apology after conservative commentator Michael J. Knowles called Thunberg "mentally ill" on its network.
"I don't understand why grown-ups would choose to mock children and teenagers for just communicating and acting on the science when they could do something good instead", Thunberg said.
"Focussing on stories of tragedy and horror, I worry we have framed a narrative that encourages people to feel anxiety around climate change".
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The 16-year-old Swede also told a huge Montreal rally that world leaders had disappointed young people with empty words and inadequate plans. "Just listen and act on the current best available science", she said.
Both Trudeau and May have focused on their climate action plans ahead of the October 21 election, but Trudeau has also had to defend his decision to buy and expand a major oil pipeline in western Canada.
Tens of thousands of students kicked things off in New Zealand, and Thunberg herself has been tweeting images from marches held in dozens of cities around the world.
Thunberg delivered a speech displayed on monitors along the route of the march. The two finally met in May 2019 at a climate conference in Austria.
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She was greeted as a "young warrior lady" by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and marchers honoured her with signs declaring, "Make the world Greta again". Seeing the support that Montreal, its schools, and its leaders are giving to the climate march has brought the city together and is inspiring to many.
Thousands of Vancouver Island students are expected to join in today's demonstration. Organizers with Climate Justice Edmonton (CJE) estimate 4,000 took part in Friday's events.
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Marc Wilson, a professor of psychology at Victoria University, said the country's youth increasingly felt the future is bleak and they have no control over it.
"We are in the beginning of a mass extinction", Thunberg warned world leaders. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.
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A climate report put out this week says that oceans are becoming more acidic and warmer, glaciers are shrinking, new illnesses are breaking out due to warming waters, and by 2060 it is estimated that coastal floods off British Columbia and the Maritimes that used to occur once a century will be annual events.