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Extinction Rebellion climate change activists protest in Calgary

Last Updated Oct 8, 2019 at 5:37 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Climate change activists staged protests around the world in nearly 60 cities including Calgary on Monday.

The Extinction Rebellion movement is holding governments across the globe accountable for what they call “criminal inaction on the climate and ecological crisis.”

Founded in Britain last year, the movement, also known as XR, now has chapters in some 50 countries.

They are concerned about mass extinction and believe that human extinction is a real risk.

“We are part of the natural world and we depend on it,” said Andy Kubrin, organizer of the climate change rally in Calgary. “We are in an emergency and we are here to demand appropriate government action in response to this emergency.”

They are making three demands of the federal government: take action to halt biodiversity loss, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2024, create a citizen’s assembly to hold elected politicians to account and public acknowledgement and transparency of the climate change situation.

Several dozen protesters blocked traffic on the Louise bridge on 10 St. to draw attention to the issue.

Kubrin says they chose a non-violent civil disobedience approach to raise awareness citing the success other movements have had.

“It has been used by the labour movement, by the women’s rights movement and the civil rights movement,” he pointed out.

The protest coincided with the federal party leaders debate airing on Monday evening and Kubrin is watching it closely.

“I hope to hear from them [leaders] about a very strong plan to take action to meet this crisis,” said Kubrin.