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Climate activists plan to shut down Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge

Climate acrivists with the group called Extinction Rebellion plan on taking over Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge today as part of a five-day protest.

Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge. Photo: by Anthonymaw. (Creative Commons)
Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge. Photo: by Anthonymaw. (Creative Commons)

Climate acrivists with the group called Extinction Rebellion plan on taking over Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge today as part of a five-day protest.

According to CTV News Canada, the group’s events page on Facebook says they were to meet at Devonian Harbour Park in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour at noon before shutting down the bridge. It is not known how long the bridge is expected to be shut down to traffic, but there is a possibility the afternoon commute may be impacted.

This is the third day of the five-day “Spring Rebellion” and is the group’s way of saying “no to fossil fuel exports in waters of the Salish Sea.”

On Saturday, reports the Vancouver Sun, the protesters managed to block the intersection at Granville and Georgia Streets after holding a rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. At its peak, about 150 demonstrators were counted blocking the intersection, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Protesters also set up a large pink boat painted with the words “tell the truth” and held up signs saying “change or die” and “act now.”

Sunday’s demonstration focused on closing down the Granville Street bridge for several hours. Police arrested eight prople for mischief and intimidation to block a roadway, 

The group’s final two days of the Spring Rebellion will be focused on “teach-ins” in Nelson Park, with a bicycle and skateboard ride that is supposed to begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

“We do not want to cause disruption to people going about their everyday lives, but we have no other choice at this point,” said Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Maayan Kreitzman on Saturday in reference to that day’s protests.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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