Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Saturday to protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Taking place around 2 p.m. near Science World, the rally was part of the Canada-wide Defend Our Climate day of action which saw events happening all over the country, Global News reports. It was a chance for those opposing the Northern Gateway proposal to speak up, and speak loud.

"The government seems to be intent on going ahead, with no brakes on the process, in developing energy projects like the Enbridge pipeline, without any concerns for the environmental effects,” protester Anne-Marie St. Laurent told The Vancouver Sun.

Earlier this month, B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford announced that they had reached a pipeline agreement after over a year of on-again, off-again meetings.

"This has really become a conversation about a gateway to global warming, about a symbol that represents a fight that's so much bigger than any one particular pipeline," ForestEthics Advocacy's Ben West, who was handing out rally flyers last week, told the Georgia Straight. "[It's] really part of a much bigger conversation about the tar sands, about climate change, about indigenous rights, about the power of corporations—and the strength of citizen movements to do something about it."

Check out some photos from the rally:

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  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • <em>Up Next: The Craziest Photos Of The Oilsands</em>

  • Syncrude's Mildred Lake Upgrader, part of The Syncrude Project complex for oil sands processing, is pictured Monday, March 8, 2006 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  • The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a lake reclaimed from an old mine near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada on October 22, 2009.

  • A disused mining machine on display in front of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta on October 22, 2009.

  • Tailings pond in winter.

  • Syncrude upgrader.

  • Dry tailings.

  • The Suncor oilsands operation uses trucks that are 3 stories tall, weigh one million pounds, and cost 7 million dollars each.

  • Oilsands at night.

  • A tailings pond.

  • Black Cliff in the Alberta oilsands.

  • Oilsands upgrader in winter.

  • Oilsands extraction.

  • Oil sits on the surface at a Suncor Energy Inc. oilsands mining operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Photographer:

  • A large oil refinery along the Athabasca River in Alberta's Oilsands. Fort McMurray, Alberta.

  • Oils mixes with water at a tailings pond at a Suncor Energy Inc. oilsands mining operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.

  • Fort McMurray is in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands, and the oil is extracted by surface mining and refined in the region. The oil production is at the heart of the economy.

  • In this Aug. 5, 2005 file photo, the Syncrude upgrader spreads out towards the horizon at the company's oil sands project in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  • This Tuesday, July 10, 2012 aerial photo shows a Nexen oil sands facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  • This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada.

  • This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands tailings pond at a mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada.

  • This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands tailings pond at a mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada.

  • The Syncrude extraction facility in the northern Alberta oil sand fields is reflected in the pool of water being recycled for re-use.

  • A night view of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada on October 22, 2009.

  • Aerial view of a lake and forests in the vicinity of oil sands extraction facilities near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada on October 23, 2009.

  • Workers use heavy machinery in the tailings pond at the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta , Canada on October 25, 2009.

  • Fort McMurray is in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands, and the oil is extracted by surface mining and refined in the region. The oil production is at the heart of the economy.

  • A large oil refinery in Alberta's Oilsands project. Fort McMurray, Alberta.

  • Next: Alberta Oil Spills

  • CFB Cold Lake, CNRL

    A bitumen leak was reported at a Canadian Natural Resources oilsands operation in the weapons range part of the RCAF base in June 2013.

  • CFB Cold Lake, CNRL

    Company officials said the leak - at what it calls its Primrose operation - was caused by faulty machinery at one of the wells, affected an area of approximately 13.5 hectares and released as much as 3,200 litres of bitumen each day.

  • CFB Cold Lake, CNRL

    Preliminary tallies put the death toll from the leak at 16 birds, seven small mammals and 38 amphibians. Dozen were rescued and taken to an Edmonton centre for rehabilitation.

  • CFB Cold Lake

    As of early August 2013, more than 1.1 million litres of bitumen had been pulled from marshlands, bushes and waterways.

  • CFB Cold Lake, CNRL

    Although CNRL could not say when the leak may finally be stopped, it estimates it will likely cost more than $40 million to clean up.

  • <em>Click through for other recent spill in Alberta</em>

  • Plains Midstream

    Little Buffalo band member Melina Laboucan-Massimo scoops up July 13, 2012 what appears to oil from the pond shoreline near the site of a 4.5 million-litre Plains Midstream pipeline leak detected April 29, 2011. Photos taken at the site and released by Greenpeace of Alberta's second-worst pipeline spill suggest at least part of the site remains heavily contaminated despite company suggestions that the cleanup is complete.

  • Plains Midstream Canada

    A boat passes by a boom stretching out to contain a pipeline leak on the Gleniffer reservoir near Innisfail, Alta., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Plains Midstream Canada says one of their non-functioning pipelines leaked between 1,000-3,000 barrels of sour crude near Sundre, Alberta, on June 7 and flowed downstream in the Red Deer river to the reservoir.

  • Plains Midstream Canada

    Debris pushes up against a boom as it stretches out to contain a pipeline leak on the Gleniffer reservoir near Innisfail, Alta., Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

  • Plains Midstream Canada

    A boom stretches out to contain a pipeline leak on the Gleniffer reservoir near Innisfail, Alta., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Plains Midstream Canada says one of their non-functioning pipelines leaked between 1,000-3,000 barrels of sour crude near Sundre, Alberta, on June 7 and flowed downstream in the Red Deer river to the reservoir.

  • Plains Midstream

    A boom stretches out to contain a pipeline leak on the Gleniffer reservoir near Innisfail, Alta., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Plains Midstream Canada says one of their non-functioning pipelines leaked between 1,000-3,000 barrels of sour crude near Sundre, Alberta, on June 7 and flowed downstream in the Red Deer river to the reservoir.

  • Plains Midstream Canada

    A photographer snaps a boom stretching out to contain a pipeline leak on the Gleniffer reservoir near Innisfail, Alta., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Plains Midstream Canada says one of their non-functioning pipelines leaked between 1,000-3,000 barrels of sour crude near Sundre, Alberta, on June 7 and flowed downstream in the Red Deer river to the reservoir.

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