Thousands gathered for the Global Climate Strike at Queen’s Park on Sept. 27.
The march started at 12 p.m. and went east on Wellesley Street, south to Bay, crossed Queen Street West, and ended back on University Avenue and at Queen’s Park.
The streets were partly closed during the rally and police officers guidedpeople through the rally route with the strike facilitators. The protesters respected the instructions and climate march proceeded peacefully. The march took two to three hours.
Over 7 million protesters
According to the organizer movement over seven million people joined climate strikes around the world, according to organizers. In Canada, a total of one million protesters marched on the day, of which about 80,000 took part in Toronto, making it one of the largest dermonstrations ever held in the city.
The founder of the international movement, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, herself joined the Montreal strike. Before the rally she received the city key from Mayor Valérie Plante. According to Thunberg’s twitter account, she is joining climate strikes in various countries every Friday during her travel for Santiago, where United Nations conference of parties, COP25, will be held.
After the strikes
The climate movement Fridays for Future includes protesting every Friday in front of city halls and government buildings to demand actions for environment issues from politics. Tt least five weekly strikes are planned for Toronto, and there is going to be about 100 weekly demonstrations across Canada.
Peaceful first day of climate action week
Student-led climate action week starts tomorrow