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Climate activist Greta Thunberg says she is coming to Alberta

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will travel to Alberta after a series of appearances in the United States.

Thunberg made the announcement on Twitter Saturday, one day after speaking at a rally in Denver, Colorado.

Thunberg has not announced specific locations or dates for her visit to the province.

CBC News reached out to the province to inquire whether Premier Jason Kenney or any ministers would entertain meetings with Thunberg, to which the office issued the following statement:

"We trust that Ms. Thunberg will recognize Alberta's leading human rights and environmental standards, especially in comparison to oil-producing dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela – which she will presumably visit next – as well as major growing emitters like China," the statement reads.

Lee Todd, spokesperson for the NDP Caucus, expressed his party's disappointment with provincial climate policy in a statement.

"It's profoundly disappointing that just one year ago, Greta could have seen a nation-leading climate plan that cut emissions by 50 megatonnes and supported working people producing responsible oil and gas," Todd wrote. "Today, she will see a government in denial, funding a $30-million attack machine to shut down the voices of the next generation demanding a cleaner future."

Todd wrote that previous climate initiatives led by youth had not been received properly by provincial representatives.

"When these youth came to our Legislature, they were mocked by the Premier's own staff who trolled them with signs in their windows rather than actually engaging them on this critical issue of climate change," he wrote. "If Ms. Thunberg requests a meeting, we will always consider it."

The announcement comes a few weeks after Thunberg spoke to a massive crowd in Montreal, estimated at half a million. 

There, she called for world leaders to take concrete action on climate change, adding that protests should continue until changes were implemented.

"We are not in school today, you are not at work today, because this is an emergency, and we will not be bystanders," Thunberg said during the rally, which took place Sept. 27.

Thunberg also met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while in Montreal, telling him that the Canadian government was not doing enough to fight climate change.

Trudeau, speaking Sunday to reporters in Toronto, was asked whether he had any concerns for Thunberg's safety in the province.

"I am concerned, in general, with the polarization we've seen in this election," he said.

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