- The Montreal Climate Strike is happening today and several prominent figures are expected to be in attendance.
- Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would be joining the strike...
- Which caused several activists and to-be protesters to... well, protest. Find our why, below.
The Montreal Climate Strike is mere hours away, scheduled to kick off at noon today, starting at the Monument George Étienne-Cartier on ave du Parc.
The strikers are expected to march, snaking around downtown Montreal and, without a doubt, causing traffic disruptions. You can find out more about the several road and bridge closures happening throughout the day, as well as the prospective route that the activsts will me marching along here.
However, some climate activists are quick to remind people: this is not a march. It's a protest. And one of the main points being protested in this global movement is government inaction.
Greta Thunberg began her School Strike 4 Climate by sitting outside parliament, calling out government officials and calling on anyone in a positiong of authority in her native Sweden to act on the advice and data provided by scientists for years.
So, with the announcement that Justin Trudeau plans to be at the Climate Strike today in Montreal, some activists are a little less than thrilled.
Several prominent figures are expected to be present at Montreal's Climate Strike, particularly the instigator herself, Greta Thunberg. Famous Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki will also be here, along with Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Can't wait to see these signs out on the streets! See you tomorrow #Vancouver 🌎💪https://t.co/9TENOImrq5— David Suzuki FDN (@David Suzuki FDN) 1569543392.0
But when the news broke that even Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister himself, was planning to be present at the strike... well, things on Twitter got a little sour.
I just heard Justin Trudeau on the radio saying he will be marching with @GretaThunberg in Montreal... How do I put… https://t.co/SVU6cqfpN4— Nayeli Jimenez (@Nayeli Jimenez) 1569518095.0
It seems that activists are not impressed with Trudeau's decision to come, which in part makes sense.
If this strike centres around calling out government inaction... well, then it kinda means we're protesting PM Trudeau, aren't we?
While, of course, Trudeau is just one politician in a sea of them, but he is kinda the big kahuna around here and so, in a way, it makes sense that youth activists are holding him accountable.
One second they declare a #ClimateEmergency and the next second they say yes to expand a pipeline. This is shamefu… https://t.co/in0D0qTR7k— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1560926970.0
Even Greta felt the need to call out a little bit of Trudeau hypocrisy earlier this summer, highlighting the disconnect between declaring a Climate Emergency and then purchasing the Kinder-Morgan pipeline project.
How I feel about the climate "justice" movement when reading that someone who is literally the leader of the countr… https://t.co/377cLgqMkv— Mary Lovell (@Mary Lovell) 1569519280.0
So, while many view Trudeau's presence as a sign of support and solidarity, it's easy to see how many activists are looking at this as nothing more than a stop on the campaign trail for Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau has no business attending the #ClimateStrike march https://t.co/Ajf441YIyV #cdnpoli #elxn43— Derrick O’Keefe (@Derrick O’Keefe) 1569510967.0
If this is true, we urge @JustinTrudeau to reconsider. This is not a “march “ it is a PROTEST. Against government i… https://t.co/hSWvyud0Ol— Climate Strike Canada (@Climate Strike Canada) 1569541746.0
If the PM does decide to follow through with his visit, things could get very interesting.
The strike is expected to last at least four hours, with speeches scheduled for the end of the march portion. Greta Thunberg is expected to speak, as well as Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.
No word, yet, if Trudeau has plans to speak.
We'll be covering the strike live from the ground, so stay tuned, and if you see anything newsworthy, always send us a message.