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Thousands to take to Montreal's streets this Friday for a global climate justice protest

Nearly 20,000 Montrealers have responded to the Facebook event alone for this Friday's climate march.

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In 2019, as many as 500,000 people were reported to have attended Montreal's climate protest, and if those numbers checked out? That would make it the largest in the province's history.

The global protest for climate justice that has been announced on Facebook, and currently the amount of interested and attending Montrealers currently numbers at a nearly whopping 20,000—whether or not Greta Thunberg's attendance is needed to bring out the numbers of 2019 remains to be seen, but this upcoming protest still promises to be big.

Organized by Coalition étudiante pour un virage environnemental et social - CEVES and Pour le futur Mtl, numerous demands have been outlined in the event's description. They range from achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and financial and professional support for workers in polluting industries to transition, to improved and expanded public transportation systems and increased protection of more natural areas and the restoration of damaged ecosystems.

"The climate crisis does not exist in isolation," the organizers wrote. "It is tied to and is amplified by other crises such as racism, sexism, ableism and class inequality, and vice versa. While we are united in our fight for climate justice, we must also acknowledge that the climate crisis does not affect us all equally."

The protest will begin from the George-Étienne Cartier Monument on Friday, September 24 at 1 p.m.; the Facebook event can be found here.

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