On Sunday, Jane Fonda, David Suzuki, musician Joel Plaskett, were among the thousands who showed up for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate March.
As many as 10,000 people showed up for the rally, which went from Queens Park to Allan Gardens.
“We don’t have to choose between the economy or the environment. By taking climate action, we can create an economy that is more fair and equal and generates hundreds of thousands of good green jobs. It means supporting the labour that takes care of people and the planet – education, healthcare, childcare and the protection of the land, much of it done by women,” reads a statement from the websites call to action, “It means expanding localized agricultural systems to use less fossil fuels and provide affordable, nutritious food for everyone in Canada.”
The march saw representatives from Canada’s largest unions and organizations, including UNIFOR, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Toronto Regional Labour Council, Greenpeace Canada, the Ontario Federation of Labour, and many others.
“We can’t leave it all on the shoulders of young people,” says Fonda, “When I come to the end of my life, I don’t want my grandkids to ask why I didn’t do more to help clean up what my generation did.”
The demonstration comes just ahead of the Climate Summit of the America’s, happening in Toronto on July 7-9th. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, and Premier Kathleen Wynne are among the confirmed speakers.