The Montreal Climate March drew crowds of 500,000 people, which is about a quarter of Montreal's immediate population of around 2 million. That's significant. The manifestations lasted from 11 AM to 4 PM, and I was there the whole time taking in the infectious energy. The signs were incredible. I started off at McGill with thousands of other students, and then we all marched to Mount Royal together.
I took lots of photos (of course!) and here are some of my favorites.
Some signs were meant to be funny, some signs were meant to be punny, lots of signs were about plastic in oceans, others targeted particular politicians, or targeted particular extractive industries... One guy even stole a bike sign and carried that the entire march (hella good triceps I imagine), others made reference to Bill Nye, and many pointed to how Canada is not doing enough for the planet. The ones that resonated with me most were those pointing to how 100 companies emit 70% of the world's CO2. This is a systemic issue, not an individual one.
This person holding a plant was the anthem to the entire climate protest. Some people were dressed up as TREES, with branches on their arms and stilts to make them taller.
I must have seen 20 signs referencing the Lorax.
People blasted music from their homes, we all chanted together, and overall it was just a really great day to stand together. Hopefully the energy continues so policy change can take place. We all know we need it.
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