Earlier today, at least 65,000 Quebec students skipped school to take part in a province-wide protest demanding action on climate change. Protests and marches will also be held in 100 other countries across the world, with high school and university students walking out of class to pressure political leaders to adopt more comprehensive environmental policies.
The worldwide march was first inspired by 16-year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, whose speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos went viral and inspired millions to follow her lead in activism.
Today, March 15, events are planned across Quebec in cities such as Montreal, Quebéc City, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Joliette, Rimsouski, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé, Sept-Iles and more.
TL;DR Thousands of students in Quebec, alone, did not attend school today or walked out of class to join in on a worldwide march demanding action on climate change. Below are photos and videos of the event that took place today in Montreal.
Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, is attending today's march "in spirit" and says she is motivated by the passion of young people across the country.
Today, young people across Canada are marching for a more sustainable future. 🌎 I am motivated by their passion and I encourage students to continue taking action. They know climate change is real, and that the cost of inaction is enormous. Statement: https://t.co/dyi2zcNb3G— Catherine McKenna 🇨🇦 (@cathmckenna) March 15, 2019
MTLBlog was at the location of the Montreal march today, which began at the Tam-Tams location.
Needless to say, some of the photos captured of the protesting students are truly captivating and motivational.
Many signs took aim at conservative political leaders and their policies.
Today, #studentstrikes are expected to take place in key cities such as Québec, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Edmonton, Vancouver and many others. Across Québec alone, approx 150,000 students are expected to march. #Climatechange is a reality we all have to face. #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/zC7QjmJy3y— Greenpeace Canada (@GreenpeaceCA) March 15, 2019
Some of the Quebec students are even facing penalties for missing class today, yet the outpouring of support for action on climate change has surpassed anyone's expectations.
One of the biggest protests in Canada is going on right now in Ottawa at Parliament Hill.
More photos and videos of the Montreal protest continue to flood social media:
A flood of people marched down ave. du Parc.
Quebec Solidaire spokesperson and activist for the environment, Manon Massé, cheered students on:
Participated in our first strike today in #Montreal #Canada. What an amazing experience. Thank you @GretaThunberg for your leadership for the #climatestrike. Let’s work to make a difference. #sustainability #profspourlaplanete #FridaysForFuture #climatechange pic.twitter.com/7qfdiDgNTo— Leanne Keddie (@leannekeddie) March 15, 2019
Stay tuned for more updates and information on the #PourLeFutur march taking place in Montreal and across the world today.