Scene: The People's Climate March
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Scene: The People’s Climate March

Thousands of demonstrators descended upon Nathan Phillips Square to demand action on climate change.

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Sunday, September 21

WHAT: The People’s Climate March, Toronto edition. The event saw Torontonians join hundreds of thousands of demonstrators worldwide in demanding that world leaders take immediate action on climate change. It coincides with a United Nations climate change summit that will take place Tuesday in New York City. Estimates of the crowd’s size ranged from “hundreds” (CTV News) to more than 3,000 people (Toronto Star)—but from a vantage point overlooking the square, the higher number seemed more accurate. Several groups were represented, including aboriginal activists Idle No More, unions, electoral reform groups, and, of course, a variety of environmental organizations. Heartwarming moments: a woman flashing the victory sign to marchers from the top of a double-decker tour bus, and a five-year-old boy chanting with his father: “No more oil, no more gas / Stephen Harper is an ass!”