Thunberg rally in Canada's energy heartland runs into oil and gas counter-protest

(Reuters News, 18 Oct 2019) Many energy sector workers and the Alberta government feel oil sands have been unfairly targeted and say the sector is making progress cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of protesters marching in Canada's energy heartland Alberta on Friday, as a smaller counter-rally led by a truck convoy of oil and gas workers also converged on the provincial capital Edmonton.

A crowd of several thousand led by indigenous drummers with students, young people and families marched slowly from a downtown intersection towards the Alberta legislature building. Many held banners and signs with slogans including "be a better ancestor". Police rode on bicycles at the front and back of the throng.

At the same time, the honking horns of big rig trucks blared from a nearby thoroughfare, where vehicles emblazoned with "We love Canada energy" signs were driving up and down.

"I came out to show support for Greta and everyone fighting against the climate crisis," said protester Bridget Gutteridge-Hingston, 13, who marched with her father.

"It's something I'm definitely scared of," she said.

The truck convoy organised by pro-oil group United We Roll drove from the city of Red Deer to Edmonton Friday morning to protest against what the group called foreign activists campaigning against Canada's oil and gas industry.

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Reuters News, 18 Oct 2019: Thunberg rally in Canada's energy heartland runs into oil and gas counter-protest