Vancouver Police are alerting commuters and drivers in downtown Vancouver of current street closures caused by an ongoing "climate funeral" hosted by activist group Extinction Rebellion. "On Black Friday, we will be having a funeral procession to signify that if we continue down this path, the climate and ecological crisis will worsen, leaving us with a future of droughts, floods, and starvation". At this Friday's protest, dubbed Futurefest, the group celebrated alternatives to consumerism, staging a flash mob in the mall and a free clothing swap in the plaza outside Vancouver City Centre Station.
"Dancing in the mall and in the street is a zero-cost, zero-carbon source of joy".
Friday's march is the group's latest attempt to focus attention on climate change.
"November 29th is Black Friday".
"The consumerism and the amount of products that we purchase on a daily basis has a huge impact on our environment". "Their "special offers"' trigger a sense of urgency and 'exceptional opportunity" to consumers, resulting in an overconsumption of unnecessary goods", the group, which also goes by XR, states on its Facebook page.
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Organizer Ana Ciocoiu, with the local chapter of Extinction Rebellion, said they're hoping to convince Kelowna city council to declare a climate emergency.
Participants were dressed in black and red costumes for what they called a "funeral service for the future of our plant, our ecosystems, and for the lives lost in the climate crisis".
The rally started Friday afternoon at the Art Phillips Park, and police closed Granville Street from Georgia to Dunsmuir.
The group intends to shut down the intersection and host a garment fix station, screen printing activities, clothing swap and live performances.