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Montreal Schools Are Cancelling Class For Climate Protest With Greta Thunberg This Month

The CSDM joins Concordia University, Dawson College, Vanier College, and Cégep du Vieux Montréal.
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Montreal Climate Change Protest With Greta Thunberg: Several Schools Are Cancelling Class
  • Several Montreal schools and universities are cancelling classes on September 27 to support their students who will be participating in the global climate strike to demand action from their governments.
  • Greta Thunberg will be in Montreal on that date to lead the charge.

On September 27, 2019, students from all over Montreal are mobilizing to march in a global climate strike to demand action from their governments. This week, Montreal's largest school board will join four other educational institutions in support of student action. 

The Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CDSM) and other institutions will cancel classes to "recognize that the preservation of the environment and resources is essential to the survival of any society," says the CDSM in a press release. 

On the climate march's official event page, organizers write that "on September 27, the planet is on strike. Not just students, but also workers, citizens. Because the climate crisis spares nobody, we must all be mobilized. Let's make this date a historic moment. The one of true change. Because it is high time we take matters into our own hands."

The last climate march in March saw some 150,000 students gather in the streets in Montreal, calling for action on what they call a climate emergency.

Climate march organizers hope that their initiatives will get the attention of federal leaders ahead of the October 21 election. 

Internationally renowned climate activist, Greta Thunberg will be in Montreal to help lead the protest, which gathers at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument on Avenue du Parc at 12 p.m. 

The 16-year old Swedish activist has inspired a whole generation of young people to mobilize and demand action from their governments. 

Along with the CDSM, Concordia, Dawson, Vanier, and Cégep du Vieux are cancelling classes from 11:45 to 4 p.m. in solidarity with striking students. 

McGill has asked faculty to be "flexible" and allow students to participate in the protest but the university will not cancel classes.

Concordia writes that "climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time and an important priority for the entire Concordia community."

They continue that, "in keeping with Concordia’s ongoing engagement in sustainability efforts and in recognition of the unique importance of the Climate March that is scheduled to take place in Montreal on the afternoon of Friday, September 27, the university is cancelling classes from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m."

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Students from not only Montreal, but all over the world will be mobilizing for climate action. Millions are planning to walk out from work and school to protest against climate change. 

Global Climate Strike writes that "our house is on fire. The climate crisis is an emergency but we’re not acting like it. People everywhere are at risk if we let oil, coal and gas companies continue to pour more fuel on the fire."

If you have classes on September 27, make sure they aren't cancelled. 

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming climate protest in Montreal.

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