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Sixteen-year-old climate crisis supernova Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City last week after crossing the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat. There, the teen activist laid it out for leaders from across the globe, telling them that their lack of efforts to address the planet’s rapidly advancing climate crisis is the fail to end all epic fails. Literally. This week, Thunberg will cross the border into Canada as the unofficial guest of honour at Montreal’s climate crisis rally this Friday, September 27.
The city’s French language school board has already announced that classes will be cancelled on Friday and Concordia, Université du Québec a Montreal, Université de Montreal, and Université de Sherbrooke have cancelled all afternoon classes. Another dozen CÉGEPs and colleges will also be shutting down for the day or at least the afternoon so that students can head to the protest. It doesn’t take a psychic to predict that this rally is going to be massive.
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On September 20th and 27th the world strikes again for the climate! Everyone is welcome to join, everyone is needed. I will participate in the strikes in New York on the 20th and in Montreal the 27th. Find or register your local strike at fridaysforfuture.org (link in bio) or at local websites. Spread the word! Let’s do this!! #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate
The highlight of Thunberg’s appearance in NYC was the moving speech she gave at United Nations HQ, telling the most powerful people on the planet: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”
Ahead of the protest, ten Quebec universities have signed a commitment to go carbon-neutral by 2050 (though the goal is to get it mostly done by 2030). Montreal’s rally will kick off at noon on Friday. Marchers will meet at the base of Mount Royal — all 300,000 of them if the city’s estimate is anywhere close to accurate.