MONTREAL - Thousands of protesters marched in the streets of Montreal on Saturday to call on the province's new premier to make the environment a priority.

The demonstration, which was organized by a coalition of environmental group, stretched for over a kilometre at the height of the downtown march.

It was attended by a number of politicians, including provincial environment minister MarieChantal Chasse and Chantal Rouleau, who is in charge of the Montreal region.

Chasse said the government was taking concrete measures to help the environment, including a revision of the province's climate change action plan.

Organizers called on all levels of government to recognize "the climate emergency and the protection of biodiversity" as "the greatest challenges of our time"; adopt a climate plan that meets the targets required by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; prohibit new oil exploration and terminate direct or indirect subsidies to the industry.

They said another demonstration will take place on Nov. 27 in Quebec City as the new legislature session opens.

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