Climate activist Greta Thunberg tweets that she plans to visit Alberta

EDMONTON — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has announced that's she's going to Alberta.

The 16-year-old tweeted that she'll be heading north following "a few days of well needed rest while enjoying the spectacular nature of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana."

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She did not say when she will arrive in Alberta or where specifically she will visit.

Last week at a rally in South Dakota, Thunberg spoke out against the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude from Alberta through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Christine Myatt, a spokeswoman for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, reacted to Thunberg's impending visit by comparing the province to other oil-rich regions and greenhouse-gas emitters.

"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," Myatt said in an emailed statement.

Late last month, Thunberg spoke about the dire state of the planet at a climate change protest in Montreal, one of many youth-led demonstrations her activism has galvanized across the globe.

She also met with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who has praised her as "the voice of a generation" of young people demanding their leaders do more to combat climate change.

She has said she plans to keep touring the Americas through a UN climate conference in Chile in December.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2019.

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