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Demonstrators will gather at the Ontario Legislature to push for an end to fossil fuel subsidies
The youth-led Fridays For Future movement are organizing a rally and march for climate action at Queen’s Park today.
The event will begin at 12:30 pm and the march will take place at 1 pm, head down University, east along Queen, north on Bay and west on Wellesley back to the Ontario legislature.
Organizers say the march will pressure Ottawa implement the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; push for no new fossil fuel projects or subsidies to fossil fuel companies starting this year; and legally commit to a gradual phase out of fossil fuels with a “real, supported transition strategy for workers and communities.”
“We recognize and raise awareness about the intersections of climate and socio-economic crises including racism, sexism, ableism, class inequality and more,” reads a statement on the Fridays For Future website. “By striking together, united by common struggles, we demand a rapid and fair decarbonization of our economy, for a safer, greener, more just future.”
Fridays For Future is also demanding free public transit, an end to encampment evictions, prioritize renewables for any new energy investments and the addition of climate justice to education curriculum for all grades in Ontario
Other climate demonstrations are taking place in cities around the world this afternoon.