The Toronto Climate Strike March is taking place today, and if you want to join, we’re here to give you the run-down.
Hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, the Global Strike for Climate Justice will take place in Queen’s Park from 10 am on Friday, September 27.
The event’s Facebook page showed 11K going to the strike and an additional 14K “interested” in the event as of Friday morning.
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Beginning at 10 am in the south end of the park grounds, today will see a rally followed by a 1.5-minute long moment of silence to remember those who have already lost their lives to the climate crisis, and then a march.
The march will head east on Wellesley, south on Bay, west on Queen and north on University, circling back to Queen’s Park.
The event will conclude with a rally and musical performances, plus speakers including Indigenous activists, food justice advocates, Fridays for Future youth, and former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe.
Some of the city’s transit routes will be impacted as the day’s activities proceed. According to the TTC, extra subway service will be prepared to help transport the expected large crowds to and from the event.
Buses will be on standby for additional support.
Those travelling on buses and streetcars around midday should expect routes on Bay Street, College Street, Dundas Street and Queen Street to be impacted.
Attendees are encouraged to BYO-water bottle, as there won’t be a water truck on site, and to take any personal litter away at the end of the event.
There will be an access van (2 wheelchairs, 5 ambulatory) for those in need of it, and there will be ASL interepreters for the rally.
Official demands for the strike can be found here.
For today’s event, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is supporting students who plan to walk out of class and participate in the climate strike.
Global Strike for Climate Justice Toronto
Where: Queen’s Park
When: Friday, September 27 from 10 am
With files from Ainsley Smith.