• Across Canada, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in protest of climate change and are demanding that lawmakers do more to combat what they consider inadequate policies. Events have been planned in about 100 cities and towns.
  • These Canadian “protesters are taking part in the global climate strike movement, which has seen people around the world take to the streets.”
  • Students initially began conducting school strikes, which “were inspired by Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future movement.”
  • 16-year-old Thunberg “on Monday chastised world leaders at the United Nations over their failure to do more, spoke in Montreal at the start of strikes in the city, which are expected to draw more than 300,000 people.”
  • Thunberg told reporters: “It is very moving to see everyone, everyone who is so passionate to march and strike. It is a very good day, I would say.”
  • While in Montreal, “Thunberg will receive the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.”
  • Organizers said “half a million people have gathered in the eastern city of Montreal alone. Officials told local media the number was closer to 315,000.”
  • According to those figures, it would “place the Montreal event among some of the most attended environmental marches in history. The September 2014 People’s Climate March in New York attracted at least 310,000.”
  • Due to the protests, “schools, colleges and universities suspended all or some classes for the day, and the city government and some businesses have encouraged staff to take the day off. City public transit is also free for the event.”
  • Though the “march was mostly peaceful,” one “man was tackled by police and arrested after approaching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

Reference Links

  • BBC: Hundreds of thousands join Canada climate strikes READ
  • CTV News: ‘We are the change’: Greta Thunberg tells Canadians to demand action READ
  • Refinery29: Why Thousands Of Young Canadians Went On Climate Strikes Across The Country READ
  • Toronto Star: ‘This is our future’ Thousands across Canada join Greta Thunberg to strike for climate action READ

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