Parts of Douglas Street to be shut down due to Earth Day protest


Fort and Douglas blocked by climate change protesters Monday

Fort and Douglas blocked by climate change protesters Monday

Parts of Douglas Street in downtown Victoria will be shut down Monday as protesters march on Earth Day.

Two groups, Rise and Resist and Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island, are hosting an event called Revel, Rebel and Divest: Earth Day Bank Action.

They are joining the global divestment movement, and are urging the five major Canadians banks: CIBC, RBC, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and TD to divest from fossil fuels and to instead re-invest in clean energy infrastructure, sustainable communities, jobs and a liveable climate future.

Those wishing to participate are asked to meet in the courtyard outside Fol Epi on Yates next to Cenote at 12 p.m. prior to what they say will be a theatrical street procession.

A “Rebel Earth Goddess Float” is the centrepiece of the protest and will have native vegetation of the Lekwungen territory and be presided over by the “Rebel Earth Goddess Velvet Unicorn”.

Leaflets will be handed out encouraging re-investment in climate solutions and to divest.

There will be performance, art, and songs by the Resistance Rising choir and invisible theatre.

They say the event will provide an opportunity for community members to express their feelings about financial institutions in our community using local money to fund the global climate ruin.

The event can be found here. 

The public should expect some delays in the downtown core this afternoon.


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