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Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is coming to Montreal

The 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. 

16-year-old is set to attend scheduled climate protest on Sept. 27

Thunberg has made headlines around the world by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emissions sailboat. (Ashley Fraser/CBC)

Young activist Greta Thunberg says she is coming to Montreal. 

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. 

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.

"The invitation was met warmly by Greta's representative," he said in August. 

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

Tens of thousands of students took part in the Friday for the Future Global Walkout last March, which was considered to be among the biggest turnouts in the world that day. (Verity Stevenson/CBC News)

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. 

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 speaker, François Paradis, will have to decide on the issue.

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

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.

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

With files from La Presse Canadienne

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