On Friday, September 27, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Montreal in a demonstration for climate action. To kick off our own week of climate coverage at The Bull & Bear, here are the photos and quotes from the event that struck our staff as they marched.
Photo by Andie Habert
[The march] is a phenomenal thing that’s long overdue.
– Brayden Sunny White, who drove up from New York just for the event.
Us, as Indigenous people, have been doing [protecting the planet] for 34,000 years, so it’s a good reason to be out here and fight[ing] for what’s right. We have a voice; we have to use it.
– Felix Aupalu, industrial relations student and Inuk from Northern Quebec
This is an amazing thing to be a part of, but it’s also so necessary because the forces that are arrayed to maintain the status quo are [just] that powerful and that wide ranging.
– Dr. Derek Nystrom, Professor of English at McGill
With capitalism, your motive is profit, so you don’t give a shit that you’re going to take things out of the Earth and harm the planet.
– Student Marxist
The university still invests in fossil fuels and the industry, even though the highest institution of McGill, the Senate, has voted not to do so. I feel like this is a stand against our university. We are saying this is important to us. We hope they hear us.
– Leonie Bourdeau, Law
The only chance we have to respect ourselves is to fight against the fact that the people in power are actively not trying to stop [climate change].
– Christian Daniels, Arts
We study sciences, but we need to partake in social events like this. We need a combination of the research, the social, and the economic efforts.
– Ariane Baumann Lapierre, Marie Poulin-Oullette, Monica Revuelta Albero, who are all majoring in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
We want a nice legacy for our kids, for when we won’t be here anymore. We want to teach them to take care of what they have been given.