All Out for April 11 March!
Humanize the Natural and
All Out for April 11 March!
• Humanize the
and Natural Environment!
• Quebec City Act on
Climate March, Saturday April 11
- Statement of Act on Climate March
• Manifesto for a
- Quebec Collective, April 7, 2015
Out for April 11 March!
Humanize the Social and Natural Environment!
On April 11, a Quebec and Canadian mobilization is being
organized to demand that the various levels of government take up their
responsibilities to protect the environment and stop submitting to the
demands of the oil monopolies. The actions are taking place three days
prior to the meeting of the Council of the Federation, which brings
together the premiers of Quebec, the provinces and territories, being
held in Quebec City to discuss climate change. Over 85 environmental
organizations, trade unions, student organizations, groups involved in
the defence of rights and First Nations have been working together to
make this event a success, with the main action taking place on
Saturday at 1:00 pm in Quebec City.
Sorel-Tracy October 26, 2014 against the decision of the federal and
provincial governments to facilitate the export of oil from the Alberta
tar sands through the St. Lawrence Seaway
On April 7, eight personalities from the cultural,
environmental, economic, academic and political spheres of Quebec also
called upon everyone to mobilize for the protection of the natural and
social environment by issuing a "Manifesto for a Global Movement,”
co-signed by 200 people, which also calls on all to take up “the
struggle for the respect of science, of life, and of democracy.”
The PMLQ calls on everyone to join in this action to
defend the dignity of Mother Earth. One of the issues raised with these
activities is the need to take the decisions regarding the exploitation
of natural resources out of the hands of the monopolies and the
governments in their service. As witnesses of the effects of pollution
and the destruction of the Earth occurring at an alarming rate as a
result of neoliberal globalization and its anti-social and
anti-national austerity agenda and its law of the jungle, the workers,
the people of Quebec and of Canada and members of the First Nations
recognize the need to intervene and to control their socialized economy
so that it serves the public interest.
The warranted concerns about the destruction of the
environment must be turned into a movement that places the people at
the centre of all decision-making in economic, political and social
matters. The feeling of helplessness in the face of the capacity of
governments to pollute, destroy, over-exploit, to trample on the
sovereign rights of the peoples of Quebec, Canada and the First Nations
can be overcome through the position of authority that the peoples
provide themselves to restrict and deprive the monopolies and the
governments in their service of their power of doing as they please
with the country's resources.
Quebec City Act on Climate March, Saturday April 11
On April 14th the heads of Canada's provinces and
meet in Quebec City. Climate change will be the only item on their
2015 is a pivotal year for climate action, full of
urgency, culminating in December's UN Climate Change Conference in
Across Canada the mining and transportation of
from the tar sands has become a dominant issue. To the west ferocious
stalled the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline
projects in their tracks, while to the east almost half a million
dollars has already been raised
by community groups preparing to fight Transcanada's proposed Energy
East tar sands pipeline.
Stephen Harper calls these pipeline opponents
extremists, but unlike
his government they represent the views of a majority of Canadians. A
study in the
January edition of the journal Nature put our challenge plainly:
Canada must leave 85 % of the tar sands in the soil in order to help
the human race avoid
catastrophic climate change.
That means no new tar sands pipelines. No Keystone, no
no Kinder Morgan, No Northern Gateway. Build even one, and we torpedo
chances of stopping global warming. We stand on the edge of a
precipice, and a lack of political will threatens to send us over it.
It's time to stand up and speak with one voice: we
demand climate protection and renewable energy solutions.
This is why we need you in Quebec on April 11. We need
to go all-in. It's time to act on climate.
Who we are
The Act on Climate March is being organized by a
coalition spearheaded by Quebec's environmental movement and supported
organized labour, community and citizen groups, student associations,
social movements and Indigenous Nations and communities.
An initiative of:
Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution
Environmental Defence Canada
David Suzuki Foundation
Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec
Click here for full list of
There are many climate-related events from April 11th to
Le Climat Show, Saturday April 11, 7pm at le Capitole de Québec,
Forum Action Climat Sunday April 12, Québec city
International Uranium Film Festival April 15-25, Québec City
World Uranium Symposium April 14-16, Québec City
12th annual Portneuf Environmental Film Festival April 16-26,
Manifesto for a Global Movement
The red flags are unfurling at a rapid clip. The very
our species is at stake. Wildlife populations on our planet have
diminished by half over
the past 40 years. Our oceans are increasingly acidic. Greenhouse gas
concentrations have reached near-irreversible levels. The science is
unequivocal: to avoid
an irreversible disruption of Earth's climate, the bulk of known fossil
fuel reserves must be left buried. Under such circumstances, for
undertake to become another oil producer is outright immoral.
For what world is this where the generation of wealth is
on the eradication of life? We are the last generations in a position
to prevent irreparable
harm. We refuse to be complicit in the relentless ravaging of our
future. Yet our inaction has become symptomatic of our moral failure.
None of this is done nor will be done in our name.
Faced with this urgency, we raise our voices in protest.
ourselves objectors on moral grounds. We cease to put our trust in
allow the plunder of common property for the profit of a wealthy few.
It is our duty to resist the methodical invasion of our
land by oil
companies and powerful investors. Québec's evolution as a modern
society is based on
core values that include clean energy and the redistribution of wealth.
This is at the heart of who we are as Quebecers. This is what we aspire
to be. We demand
that this identity be respected.
On either side of the Saint Lawrence, let us be the ones
to show the way: let us take action.
We demand an end to hydrocarbon prospecting and
extraction on Québec territory;
We reject the transport of oil across our territory for
the purposes of export, whether by train, pipeline or tanker;
We demand that the Government of Québec adopt a
credible plan for
halving our oil consumption by the year 2030 and for reaching carbon
We demand that the Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec disinvest
from the fossil fuel sector. We ask the managers of other funds who
investment to do the same. And we shall act in like fashion as
individual investors. Our retirement funds must not serve to impoverish
our children, but to ensure
We are blessed to live in a province that is rich in
energy sources. Some of these have already been harnessed, resulting in
the flooding of the
taiga, the displacement of Aboriginal peoples, the rerouting of rivers,
and the drowning of spruce trees, lichens and caribou populations. It
is incumbent upon
us to stop squandering these resources. Rather, our energy strategy
must serve as a model for an ecological paradigm shift that others will
We hereby commit to lowering our consumption, improving
production, and contributing to the development of an economy that
embraces social equity
and the betterment of mankind while safeguarding the environment.
The tools for ecologizing and humanizing the economy are
disposal; we have the means to begin the transformation. Let us
therefore mobilize our
resources and talents for the preservation of the planet and the
empowerment of its human inhabitants. Together, let us build a
different model, one that leads
to a brighter future.
The ranks of those clamouring for change are swelling.
Let us remain
united in this pursuit, beyond any borders that would divide us. Let us
in this democratic awakening, be a part of this fresh, creative impetus
that seeks to defend our common property and uphold the public good,
and which, through
multiple means, bravely struggles to ensure a better future for our
We cannot be reduced to mere columns of numbers. We
future. Our commitment and mobilization carry hope for a prosperity
that is measured
in so much more than dollars.
Solutions are there to be found. We have the
technological and human
capabilities to undertake a vast project for development that is truly
viable, fair and equitable. It is our duty to lead this new global
movement that will shape the 21st century.
Québec has on a number of occasions proven itself
successfully steering sweeping transformations, and done so with
boldness, rigour and
ingenuity. Our revolutions may be quiet, but they are nonetheless
genuine, and they can inspire the entire world.
May those who are ready to embark upon this adventure
join us: from Chisasibi to Port-
Menier, from Salluit to Montreal, by way of
Québec City, Chicoutimi,
Gaspé, Ristigouche, Cacouna, Trois-Rivières and Sorel. In
each city and
let us move forward with heads held high. Like the people in Gilles
Vigneault's song, let us "roll forward like a powder keg" and "advance
like a breakaway
ice floe." Together, let us sow the seeds of hope.
Let us cast out the encroaching darkness, along this
river which is
at our core and across the entire province. Let us be beacons for one
another, driven by
our love for our children, our country and our planet.
Let us surge in thousands to begin the battle for the
respect of science, of life, and of democracy.
The river's water flows through our veins. Let us not
allow greed to threaten the lives of belugas, nor our own.
Let us honour the memory of our brothers and sisters
lost to the Lac-Mégantic catastrophe.
Let us support the First Nations and Inuit populations in their
struggles to protect their territories.
Let us protect our children, our grandchildren, and those who will
follow after them.
We shall intervene by all means of peaceful resistance at our disposal.
Ours is not a battle on behalf of Nature. We are Nature.
We are Nature now reclaiming its rights.
Nothing shall impede our movement.
Camil Bouchard, Dominic Champagne, Jérôme Dupras for Les
Fringants, Karel Mayrand, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Éric Pineault,
Roy et Laure Waridel
(For the complete list of
signatories, click here
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