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Greta Thunberg coming to Montreal to take part in climate march
The Swedish 16-year-old is set to attend a scheduled climate protest on Sept. 27 to call on governments to take concrete action to combat climate change. 

Thunberg is currently in New York to spread her message of the importance of fighting against the climate crisis. 

Famed teenage anti-climate change activist Greta Thunberg to visit Montreal on Sept. 27

She had previously expressed her interest in coming to Montreal for the march, according to Ben Clarkson, a spokesperson for La Planète s'invite au Parlement, which is organizing the event.

Thunberg had praised Montreal on social media for its large-scale turnout in the previous global demonstration back in March.

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who has become globally famous for her anti-climate change activism, will bring her message to Montreal later this month.

Tens of thousands of students took part in the Friday for the Future Global Walkout, which was considered to be among the biggest turnouts in the world that day.

Thunberg has made headlines around the world by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emissions sailboat to attend the United Nations climate summit on Sept. 23 in New York. 

Greta Thunberg, 16, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, arrives in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Manon Massé, co-head of second opposition party Québec solidaire, has already asked that the activist be formally invited to address elected officials in the National Assembly. 

The teen with trademark braids and Aspergers syndrome has become an unlikely and potent voice for ordinary people in the fight against climate change. Her solitary protests have galvanized a generation set to bear the devastating consequences of a warming planet if those in charge now dont change course. Her blunt message — that our house is on fire — gained her an audience with global power brokers at Davos, the British Parliament and now the UN. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize without graduating high school.

"Greta, Montreal and I are waiting for you with open arms," Massé said on Twitter Sunday evening. 

Currently in New York to spread her message on the importance of fighting against the climate crisis, Thunberg had already expressed her wish to make a trip to Montreal as part of a global day of mobilization for the environmental cause.

Liberal MP Marie Montpetit, official opposition critic for the environment and the fight against climate change, also used Twitter to announce she will participate in the march.

On September 20th and 27th, the world will be on strike again! Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed. I will be in New York on September 20th and in Montreal on September 27th, she posted on Twitter. Spread the word!

"Montreal is waiting for you! It will be an honour to walk by your side on Sept. 27 with thousands of Quebecers," she said. 

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The co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Manon Massé, has already asked the activist be formally invited to address the National Assembly.

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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is coming to Montreal on Sept. 27 for World Climate Awareness Day.

Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg stands on the bow of the Malizia II racing yacht as she completes half of her trans-Atlantic crossing at sea August 20, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media.

Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg will be in Montreal at the end of the month to take part in a climate march.

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist announced her presence at the Sept. 27 event via social media on Sunday.

Currently in New York to spread her message on the importance of fighting against the climate crisis, Thunberg had previously expressed her interest in coming to Quebec for the global day of mobilization for the environment.

Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic from England to Manhattan — a two-week trip — to attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit later this month.

She’d refused to fly to New York because of the carbon emissions involved in jet travel. She will also take part in a march in that city on Sept. 20.

A local Montreal collective that invited Thunberg to come to Montreal will hold a news conference on Tuesday to highlight her appearance.