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Extinction Rebellion protests Black Friday, stages funeral procession for climate

Last Updated Nov 29, 2019 at 1:14 pm PDT

Thousands of people participated in Vancouver's climate strike on Sept. 27. (Source: Lasia Kretzel/NEWS1130)

With the rallying cry "business as usual equals death" climate protesters will be marching in Vancouver

The demonstration at Art Phillips Park wraps up with a counter-consumerism fair on Georgia Street

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The protest group Extinction Rebellion is staging a mock funeral procession through Vancouver’s downtown core this afternoon to mourn the millions of people and species they say are facing extinction from climate change.

The group blocked off the Burrard Street Bridge in October, and is taking to the streets once again to call attention to the ongoing climate emergency.

The rally started Friday afternoon at the Art Phillips Park, and police closed Granville Street from Georgia to Dunsmuir.

The group chose to host the event on Black Friday because of what they describe as the “over-consumption of unnecessary goods.”

The protest, “Funeral For Extinction,” includes the procession downtown to display the negative path the climate is on as the planet warms.

“We will mourn for the future of our planet, our ecosystems, and the lives lost due to climate crisis,” organizers said in a Facebook post.

A spokesman says the demonstration will “provide an alternative to the culture of corporate consumerism that has contributed to climate change.”

The rally wraps up with a counter-consumerism fair on Georgia Street and a “disruptive wake” near West Georgia and Howe.

Metro Vancouver youth climate strikers are also planning a rally this afternoon in downtown Vancouver including a mall flash mob and community clothing swap.

With files from the Canadian Press