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Vancouver students strike against climate change (PHOTOS)

Hundreds march downtown as part of Climate Strike movement

Hundreds of students from across the Lower Mainland took to the streets of downtown Vancouver Friday as part of the international Climate Strike movement — a world-wide initiative of young people protesting inaction on climate change.

The school strikes were started by Swedish climate activist 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in 2018 and have since spread around the world. A similar march was staged in Vancouver March 15.

Students gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery waving signs with slogans such as, “Missing school to keep earth cool,” “We need structure change to prevent climate change” and “Raise your voice, not sea level.”

The group of several hundred marched through downtown, briefly stopping outside the Environment and Climate Change Canada office on Burrard and West Pender streets before returning to the art gallery.