A team of Montreal Gazette journalists covered Friday’s massive Montreal climate march. Here’s what happened in words, photos and video.6:10 p.m. That’s a wrapThanks for following our rolling coverage of today’s march. Question/comments? ariga@postmedia.com5:30 p.m. Thunberg gets keys to the cityGreta Thunberg stops by City Hall, tells Mayor Valérie Plante she’s “still very overwhelmed” by the march today in Montreal. Calls crowd of 500,000 “unbelievable.” #climatestrikemontreal pic.twitter.com/Mz8vYrjXjU— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Greta Thunberg becomes first person to receive key to the city from Mayor Valérie Plante. #climatestrikemontreal pic.twitter.com/W16KdyMUXk— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Greta Thunberg signs the Golden Book at Montreal City Hall with some tips from Mayor Valérie Plante pic.twitter.com/rfGF0bBPay— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Mayor Valérie Plante is welcoming Thunberg to city hall.She says she is giving her the keys to the city to thank her for coming to Montreal and for inspiring many people in the fight against climate change.“Greta represents all the you who are pushing pushes us, the adults, the leaders, the companies, to take our responsibilities,” Plante said.In her opening remarks, the mayor reiterated that the city plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 on its way to carbon neutrality by 2050.Plante said 500,000 people took part in today’s march.5 p.m. A quick view of the crowds4:25 p.m. ‘We are the change and change is coming’In a speech peppered with French, Greta Thunberg told Montreal marchers that the fight against climate change will not stop until world leaders take the problem seriously.“We’re at least 500,000 here today – you should be very proud of yourself,” Thunberg said to cheers.“We have done this together and I can’t thank you enough for being here. It’s just incredible to be united in such a way for a common cause. It just feels great, doesn’t it?”She said Canada shares some attributes with her native Sweden.“You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. Sweden is also allegedly a climate leader,” she said.“In both cases it means absolutely nothing. In both cases, it’s just empty words. We’ve told (elected officials) to unite behind the science but they didn’t listen.”She urged Montreal marchers to keep up the fight.“Today we are millions striking and marching and we will keep doing it until they listen,” Thunberg said. “It should not be up to us, but somebody needs to do it.This is an emergency and we will not be bystanders.“Some would say we are wasting lesson time, we say we are changing the world so that when we are older we will be able to look our children in the eyes and say we did everything that we could.“We have been told so many times that there is no point in doing this, that we can’t have an impact and make a difference.  But I think we have proven that to be wrong by now. We are the change and change is coming.3:40 p.m. Live feedThe Gazette’s Jason Magder is near the stage, providing a live feed of speeches. Apologies if it breaks up; the network is spotty due to the number of people at the march.Greta Thunberg is expected to speak. Protesters fill Robert-Bourassa Blvd. at the end of the climate march in Montreal on Friday Sept. 27,… SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA: A climate activist holds a toy skeleton of a dog with the Chevron CEO’s… Participants following the Greta Thunberg-led Montreal climate march overflow Parc Ave. heading south from Mount Royal in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Share Photos: Fridays for Future climate strikes around the world MONTREAL, CANADA: David Suzuki meets with climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg… And, these are by Gazette reporters T’Cha Dunlevy and Chris Curtis, who are near the end of the march. Music and speeches are on tap.Kids running to get a spot in front of the stage. We have reached our destination, corner Robert-Bourassa and Wellington. pic.twitter.com/UaJA0nsEly— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019Barr Brothers, Patrick Watson And Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry and Tim Kingsbury performing at the #ClimateStrike: pic.twitter.com/HVzBDAe12c— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019One marcher shows off his creativity and stilt skills at the #climatestrikecanada event in Montreal pic.twitter.com/pxr1iprHUn— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019It dawns on me that, with the size of this crowd, most won’t even see the stage or here the speeches at Montreal’s climate march. pic.twitter.com/VUjS4wW39r— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019 Carol Dillon is here from Perth, Ont. with her daughter and granddaughter and says she’s more energized about the environmental movement than she ever has been. “There needs to be more people our age out here.” pic.twitter.com/ifRiHj5msB— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019Some youthful scamps climbed up a pillar on University Street to get a sense of the enormity of the thing. And possibly get a good Twitter/Insta/Snapchat shot in there. pic.twitter.com/Z0ExILAvIC— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 20192 p.m. Trudeau targetedPrime Minister Justin Trudeau was targeted by an anti-pipeline protester at a stop in Montreal on Friday.Later, during the march, a protester attempted to throw an egg at Trudeau on Sherbrooke St., near Park Ave., Gazette colleague Frédéric Tomesco reports. Police handcuffed the man and took him away.Protestor interrupts Trudeau speech, calls him a “climate criminal”, is hauled off by RCMP. #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/zeasHNPXUB— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) September 27, 20191:10 p.m. Live from the marchGazette colleague Jason Magder is doing a Facebook Live from the middle of the march. A girl takes part in a protest against climate change called by the organization Fridays For Future… Protesters fill Park Ave at the start of the big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. Overview of the climate change protest looking north on Park Ave. north of Pine Ave. in Montreal on… Activists hold placards as they participate in a Fridays for Future march calling for urgent measures… MADRID, SPAIN: A woman paints a mural during a global youth climate action strike Sept. 27, 2019… Pinterest STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Activists march during a “Fridays for future” demonstration, a worldwide… WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: More than 40,000 protesters leave Civic Square as they march to… Reddit Activist Greta Thunberg speaks at press conference prior to big climate march in Montreal on… Pinterest Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous youth at the head of the big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. Participants following the Greta Thunberg-led Montreal climate march overflow Parc Ave. heading… John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Overview of the climate change protest looking north on Park Ave. north of Pine Ave. in Montreal on… An enthusiastic show of support from a balcony overlooking a throng of people joining the Greta Thunberg-led climate march along Parc Ave. in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Téa Verdene, left, and Anna Fraser take part in climate march in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. A boy holds up a sign during big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019.  John… An enthusiastic show of support from a balcony overlooking a throng of people joining the Greta… LISBON, PORTUGAL: People hold a placard during a protest to demand action on climate change… Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Barcelona, on September 27, 2019… 1/19 Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous youth at the head of the big climate march in Montreal on Friday,… Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Swedish climate change teen activist Greta… Mei Chui of Extinction Rebellion climate activist group speaks during a climate press conference… THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS: Protesters stand on a globe as they participate in the Global… Dominic Champagne of Le Pacte pour le transition speaks during a climate press conference prior… Marchers began gathering midmorning in the streets of Montreal during the global climate strike on… A girl takes part in a protest against climate change called by the organization Fridays For Future… LinkedIn Share Photos: Greta Thunberg leads climate march in Montreal MADRID, SPAIN: A woman paints a mural during a global youth climate action strike Sept. 27, 2019… Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gets the key to the city from Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante… Email John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks before joining a climate strike march in… MONTREAL, CANADA: David Suzuki meets with climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg… Protesters cheer Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg during her speech at the end of the… Milan Penners, left, and Malik Bigras take part in climate march in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. GALLERY: Photos: Fridays for Future climate strikes around the world KOLKATA, INDIA: Students take part in a “Fridays for Future” march calling for urgent measures to… Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire, are surrounded by security as they… Earlier, Jason spoke to some youth. Part of his story:They came from far and wide to lend their voices to the cause and march for awareness of a climate crisis they feel powerless to prevent.“When we finally realize what’s happening, it will be too late,” said Léona Dugas-Paquet, 10, who was marching with her mother. “We’re very concerned because maybe when it’s too late to save the planet, we’ll still be around and that would be tragic.”Dugas-Paquet said she’s inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who led the march and inspired a global movement. She joined the climate strike by joining the rally instead of going to class.“She’s really courageous to do what she’s doing,” Dugas-Paquet said. “You can say she’s had a good influence.”Read the rest here.3:30 p.m. Almost 500,000There is no official crowd count but organizers are calling today’s event historic, Jesse Feith reports.“Earlier we spoke of the largest environmental march, but we can now forget environmental – it’s the largest march of any kind in Quebec history,” an organizer just told the crowd near the stage at the end of the march.Later, the throng cheered when it was told that “close to half a million” people were taking part.“Not only the largest march in history of Quebec, but the largest gathering for the climate of the whole week,” an organizer said.In March, in another youth-led climate march, 150,000 people took over Montreal’s  streets.“Today we’re nearly 500,000 people gathered in Montreal but there are also 52 protests across Quebec,“ organizer François Geoffroy said. “Behind these protests are simple and clear demands… It’s a historic moment where, together, we’re asking elected officials for concrete actions.”Cédric Gray-Lehoux, youth spokesperson for the Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador, said: “We’re here, united as youth, to say we won’t tolerate it anymore and change is coming.“To those in positions of power, it’s very simple (…) if we do not protect Mother Earth, Mother Earth will not protect us. No matter how much money or power you have, you cannot escape this reality.”500’000 in Montréal. Change is coming!! #ClimateStrike #FridayForFuture #klimatstrejk pic.twitter.com/3NtyNk3dvh— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 27, 2019About 1 kilometre North of the stage… 90 minutes after marchers first reached it. #climatestrikecanada pic.twitter.com/5SztaMsoot— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 20193 p.m. The throngView from corner of Robert-Bourassa and de la Gauchetiere as marchers stream in. pic.twitter.com/vkqy0VPEFB— Rene Bruemmer (@ReneBruemmer) September 27, 2019The march arrived at the stage about an hour ago and tens of thousands are still streaming in. pic.twitter.com/0s30pv1MVR— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 2019To give you an idea: this is 500 meters from the state and it’s DENSE. #ClimateAction montreal pic.twitter.com/Y3HEeYT2ix— Christopher Curtis (@titocurtis) September 27, 20192:20 p.m. More images from the marchFrom Gazette photographers John Kenney (top) and Dave Sidaway (bottom). John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette LinkedIn Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde presents a gift to climate change teen… A boy holds up a sign during big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. 1/30 Several thousand people attended an anti-climate change event in Winnipeg. They marched up and… Tumblr John Kenney / Montreal Gazette Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike with a sign reading “In Venezuela the… MONTREAL, QUE.: SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 — Climate activist Éve Grenier of Fridays for the Future… BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Protesters march with a globe balloon on the oldest Hungarian bridge, the… Email Reddit And here are some photos of Thunberg-inspired marches around the world. Dominic Champagne of Le Pacte pour le transition speaks during a climate press conference prior… Protesters fill Park Ave at the start of the big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019. Greta Thunberg joins Indigenous youth at the head of the big climate march in Montreal on Friday,… Greta Thunberg looks at the vest presented to her by Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Assembly of… TURIN, ITALY: Demonstrators pack a street as they march during the Global Climate Strike… Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg holds a gift received during a talk before joining a… Tumblr Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, presents Swedish climate activist… Climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks before joining a climate strike march in… Activist Greta Thunberg speaks at press conference prior to big climate march in Montreal Sept. 27,… Climate change protesters flooded Wellington St. before marching west on Dufferin Ave. in London,… Thousands of protesters flood the streets of Montreal, Canada, during the global climate strike on… TOPSHOT – A placard depicting Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is displayed during a… Greta Thunberg leaves a press conference prior to climate march in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27,… Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Quito on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at… GALLERY: Photos: Greta Thunberg leads climate march in Montreal Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Greta Thunberg speaks to climate crisis protesters at the end of the march through Montreal on… Some more shots, from Gazette reporters T’Cha Dunlevy and Jesse Feith.Greta in the middle pic.twitter.com/TE1UtbsznI— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #Montreal pic.twitter.com/Zh8UilVFdK— Jesse Feith (@JesseFeith) September 27, 20191 p.m. Drone view#27septembre – Des images du drone de Radio-Canada qui montrent la foule au départ pour la marche pour le climat à #Montréal.Suivez les journalistes partout au Canada ➡ https://t.co/YXQal4sqUN#ClimateStrike #ClimateStrikeCanada pic.twitter.com/VjMh29Zpa7— Radio-Canada Info (@RadioCanadaInfo) September 27, 201912:35 p.m. Thunberg fever in MontrealSchool strike. Week 58Montréal. #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate pic.twitter.com/lbnFapwdkG— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 27, 2019Some photos of Thunberg in the city. Heidi Bangalina carries sign to big climate march in Montreal Friday September 27, 2019.  John… 12:30 p.m. The march is mammothAnd we’re off! With Greta and Indigenous groups leading the way. #ClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/0egq3bTidb— T’Cha Dunlevy (@TChaDunlevy) September 27, 2019 Some photos by Gazette photographer John Mahoney.

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