Banners hoisted high, hundreds of activists invaded the grounds of the legislature yesterday, in anger over potential nuclear energy developments.

The President of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Alberta, Adele Boucher Rymhs, stated the rally’s message simply.

“We don’t need nuclear,” she said. “Everyone is worried about climate change and carbon dioxide emissions, but the emissions from a nuclear power plant are far worse than emissions from a coal plant.”

Tyler Cruickshank of Grande Prairie explains his reason for attending.

“This is our community,” Cruickshank said. “I love this place, and I am going to fight to the end of time to ensure that my community is clean ... I don’t want to be that one guy who says, ‘I wish I could have done more’. I am doing as much as I possibly can, right now, to ensure that my message and our message collectively is getting out there.”

Raising a sign that read “Free for workers: Twice the cancer!” Sheila Muxlow of the Sierra Club of Canada braved the rainy conditions to attend.

“We need to start advocating for a green, clean future that has industries that give us sustainable healthy lifestyle.”