Around 500,000 people, led by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, marched through the streets of Montreal (Canada) on Friday to claim actions from the country to remedy the climate crisis.
Thunberg, 16, led the march, considered the most numerous in the history of Quebec, in which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also participated, along with his family.
Before the start of the march, Trudeau held a private meeting with Thunberg. After the meeting, Thunberg stated that he told Trudeau that he is not doing enough to respond to the climate crisis although he added that it is the same message that he transmits to all political leaders.
"My message to all the politicians of the world is the same: listen and act according to the best unified scientific thought. I do not try to concentrate on individuals but on the whole," explained the young Swedish activist who has become the face and voice of movement against the climate crisis.
It is not the first time that Thunberg criticizes Trudeau and Canada, the fifth largest oil producing country in the world.
In June, Thunberg said on Twitter that at the same time that Trudeau is warning about the climate crisis, it is allowing the expansion of oil pipelines to increase oil exports from oil sands, considered among the most polluting in the world.
"At the same time that it declares a climatic emergency they approve the extension of an oil pipeline. It is a shame. But of course it is not only in Canada, unfortunately we can see the same pattern all over the world," he wrote on June 19.
Thunberg, who participated in the Montreal march accompanied by Canadian indigenous leaders, addressed the protest attendees and stated that "at least 500,000 are here today. You should be very proud. We have done this together and I cannot thank you enough for the to be here".
But the activist redoubled her criticism against Canada and her native Sweden.
"You are a nation that is supposedly a climate leader. Sweden is also supposed to be a climate leader," he said.
"In both cases it means nothing. In both cases they are simply empty words. We have told you to join science but don't listen to us," he added.
For its part, Trudeau defended this Friday the approval of the expansion of the pipeline because, he said, his Government has "a national climate plan that will reduce our emissions and meet our 2030 goals that also include getting a better price for our oil resources."
After meeting with Thunberg, Trudeau participated together with hundreds of thousands of people in the march that went through Montreal to protest, among other measures, against the policies of his Government.
Surrounded by a strong security deployment, Trudeau toured the streets of Montreal with his wife, Sophié, and their children. That did not prevent several people from trying to confront the Canadian prime minister and the Mounted Police had to apprehend an individual who tried to throw eggs at Trudeau.
Trudeau, who is in full campaign for the October 21 general election, also took advantage of the Montreal march to announce that if he is re-elected as prime minister, his government will plant 2,000 million trees to fight the climate crisis.
In addition to Montreal, tens of thousands of people, in many cases young at school age, participated in other protests against the climate crisis in major Canadian cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec City.
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