Thunberg began weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish legislature a year ago, which over the course of a few months grew into a global phenomenon.
Thousands of students in Edmonton joined millions of people around Canada and the world Friday to demand governments take more action to combat the climate crisis.
A week-long series of climate protests across Vancouver Island is culminating in downtown Victoria today as students from across the region participate in a global climate strike. "We are helping the world transition to a low-carbon future, providing an example of a scalable and replicable climate solution", it said. "We have also reduced per capita consumption 51 by per cent since 2008, with 46 per cent of the power from a renewable source in 2018-19, with 49mw from solar plants", said chief operating officer Pravin Rao.
Their message was clear: bolder action is urgently needed to save the planet from the crisis of climate change.
In many ways, Thunberg displayed more maturity than her critics. "It's great to see so many people out here".
Prince Harry, who is supporting a forest conservation project in Botswana, said: "Genuinely, I don't understand how anyone in this world, whoever we are - you, us, children, leaders, whoever it is - no one can deny science, otherwise we live in a very, very troubling world".
Chants from protesters took aim at Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and pipelines as protestors filled the area in front of the front steps of the legislature.
More than 46,000 people signalled on Facebook they plan to attend the event in Vancouver, almost 11,000 in Edmonton and 5,000 in Halifax. "We need to do more".
They were rallying behind Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who has galvanized the world's young people.
"We've become too loud for people to handle so people want to silence us ..."
- setting "bold" targets to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to just one-quarter of what they were in 2005 by 2030.
The exception is Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who's spending the day in the suburbs of Vancouver for an announcement and campaign stops with candidates in Maple Ridge and Richmond, but not marching anywhere.
Candace Cooke and her partner took their children out of school so that they could take part in the rally.