Montreal Mayor Valérie Plant took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that public transit across the island will be free to support travellers for the city’s planned climate march.
According to 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who will partake in Montreal’s climate strike, over 850 cities around the world have host rallies tomorrow to call on respective governments to take action on climate change.
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“I took the decision to offer free public transit across the STM network this Friday September 27, for the climate change strike,” Plante tweeted in French. “We will be waiting for you by our sides for the future of the planet.”
J’ai pris la décision d’offrir le transport collectif gratuit sur le réseau de la @stm_nouvelles ce vendredi 27 septembre à l’occasion de la grève pour le climat. On vous attend à nos côtés pour l’avenir de la planète 🚍🚇🚲🌎💚 (1/2) #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #polmtl
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) September 25, 2019
Plante says the city is expecting over 300,000 marcher for tomorrow’s rally. She also invited the young Swede to Montreal City Hall after the rally to receive the key to city.
The Mayor also announced that the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal will be offering free transit tomorrow as well, extending free trips throughout the Greater Montreal area including Laval and Longueuil.
Quebec’s largest school board, the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) along with Concordia University, Dawson College, and Cégep du Vieux Montréal have all cancelled classes for the protest.
The march is slated to start at noon tomorrow at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument on Parc Avenue.
“On September 20th and 27th the world strikes again for the climate! Everyone is welcome to join, everyone is needed,” said Thunberg’s social media post in early September. “I will participate in the strikes in New York on the 20th and in Montreal the 27th. Spread the word! Let’s do this!!”