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Greta Thunberg mural defaced in Edmonton just two days after being painted

A mural of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton has been defaced just two days after being painted by a local artist.

Thunberg sailed from the United Kingdom to New York, arriving in late August for the UN Climate Summit where she delivered her now historic speech.

Since then, she’s been on tour in North America with a stop in Montreal for the Climate March, where 500,000 people marched alongside her.

The mural was apparently defaced by a man named James Bagnell, as reported by the CBC. 

Speaking with CBC Edmonton Bagnell said his reason for defacing the mural was because it was Alberta. "We don't need foreigners coming in and telling us how to run our business, support our families, put food on our tables."

Thunberg’s time in Canada has been met mostly with support — but spending time in Western Canada has been tricky. With an anti-oil pipeline and fossil fuel message, many Western Canadians are not on board. 

One of the most prominent elected officials to come out against Thunberg in Canada has been Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. During Thunberg's Alberta rally, the premier was busy opening a new gas pipeline. 

The Premier went so far as to call Thunberg's message a "foreign funded campaign," something that those who attack the teenager have parroted before.

Of course, it doesn't matter whether or not Bagnell or Kenney agree with Thunberg — she is right. Climate change is real and is coming for us all.

Lead photo by

AJA Louden

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