May 20, 2022

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Thousands of people are marching for the weather in Montreal

Thousands of people are marching for the weather in Montreal

Two years after the historic march of 500,000 people marching through the streets of Montreal with Greta Th‌nberg, students, seniors, families and even pets have flocked from the province for greater climate justice.

Leila Dussault

Leila Dussault

“Whose land? Land for us! Thousands of people gathered in Montreal on Friday for the World Climate Movement Friday with 1,400 events in 80 countries.

According to various estimates, the sun was shining through the streets of Montreal on Friday with 10,000 to 15,000 people Tap. Demonstrators first met at the monument at Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Mount Royal Park at 1 p.m. “I believe that collective action has more power than individual action,” Shirley Barnia commented. At the age of 17, she was a spokesperson for Pour Le Future Montreal, an organization that brings together high school youth to lead weather activities in Montreal. According to the Students Coalition for Environmental and Social Change (CEVES), the climate strike was voted on by 112,000 students in the province.

Photo by Martin Tremble, Press

“It’s time we see changes in nature. It’s not too late,” he added Tap Benoit Thisselmagan, still de Mastiuetsch, at Lock-Saint-Jean. He was with the Mask Assi ensemble, he was also involved in event management.

Protesters have called for the most ambitious weather goals such as achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

The march ended in front of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) offices in Westmount, Dorchester Avenue. The site was chosen in support of protesters in Fairy Creek, British Columbia, who are calling for a temporary ban on logging. As of September 23, 1,089 people had been arrested in Fairy Creek by the RCMP, the largest civil disobedience movement in Canadian history.

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The pandemic and municipal elections

Mask-wearing was widespread among the crowd gathered in Montreal on Friday. After encouraging demonstrators to respect health practices, CEVES spokeswoman Rosalie Thibault called the political inaction “contagious” and advised CEVES spokespersons to return to their offices to implement environmental policies. Montreal mayoral candidates Denis Codre and Valerie Plante were both present at the time.

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The mayoral candidate and former mayor of Montreal, Denise Codre, took part in the march.

“We don’t have to play politics at the expense of the planet,” Denise Coder said Tap During the rally. He announced in the same breath that he would soon be unveiling his election platform for the environment. “It has become transparent as an issue,” said Emilia Tanko, co-chair of Emcee Montreal’s election platform and a candidate for city councilor in Mysoneau-Longue-Point.

“Today this group reminds us why politicians need to think about future generations. It makes me feel good and it encourages me to move forward further,” said Montreal Outgoing Mayor Valerie Plante.

Greta Thunberg and UN

Photo by Marcus Schreiber, Associated Press

Greta Thunberg

In Berlin, environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Friday criticized political parties for not doing enough to combat global warming, the Agency France-Press reported.

During a “high-level dialogue on energy” at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on world leaders to invest heavily in clean energy to fight climate change.

With the Canadian Press