Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg invited to UNBC

Greta invited to PG

Students at the University of Northern BC have invited Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg to the city.

Thunberg was in Edmonton on Friday for a march and rally at the Alberta legislature and was invited to make the stop on her way to Vancouver.

Students for a Green University issued the invitation via email.

"We are reaching out to you to see if you would be interested in visiting the University of Northern British Columbia," the letter states. "UNBC is advertised as Canada's Green University, but we believe that we can, and must, do better than we currently are in the face of the climate crisis.

"We are a collection of enthusiastic, active, and driven environmentalists. Our goal is to facilitate student-led projects and initiatives to make UNBC more sustainable, as well as educate our student body on climate change and sustainable practices. Our current project is campaigning our university to divest its endowment fund from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in more ethical companies that share the values UNBC boasts of. We believe that UNBC can and should be a leader of divestment in Western Canada."

The letter also notes: "We understand the need for people to work for extraction companies to feed their families, but we also understand the need for urgent action to stop climate change before it is too late.

"We believe that your visit to Prince George will spark the essential conversation we must all have with ourselves, our neighbours, and our policy makers. The young people know what is coming, it's time to let the people of Prince George know."

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