March 14, 2019
English Edition, No. 3
Mobilization for Student Strike Against Climate Change! Join In!
at 1:00 pm
Cartier Monument, Mont-Royal Park
by the Planet Invites Itself to University
On Friday, March 15, students from Quebec universities,
high schools are holding a student strike for the climate, as part
of the action organized by the campaign "The Planet Invites Itself to
They have been discussing for several weeks and are
meeting in general assemblies to ensure the day's success. The
Université de Montréal, Université du
Québec à Montréal, École de
technologie supérieure, Concordia University, McGill University,
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi,
Université Laval, Université du
Québec à Sherbrooke, Dawson College, Collège
Lionel-Groulx, Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Collège de
Montréal and many
others are involved. The action is part of the global Youth Strike 4
Climate taking place the same day. As of March 10, the campaign Fridays
For Future informs that 957 schools in 82 countries, including 27 in
Canada, will be participating.
Quebec students have received the support of their teachers
professors. The group Profs for the Planet, formed in mid-February,
launched a petition amongst their peers supporting the strike and
collected nearly 1,000 signatures in a little over 48 hours and 3,300
as of March 5.
Students argue that urgent action to stop climate change must
be taken and feel that collective action is key.
"Although individual actions are crucial, they cannot, in and
themselves, end climate change and remove the threat to the
environment. It is imperative that collective and institutional
decisions be taken to deal with the gravity of the situation. While the
student population has undertaken a costly education both in terms of
money and time,
within precarious conditions accentuated by indebtedness, unpaid
internships and a culture of competitive performance, climate change
increasingly threatens the future they are fighting for." By having
join in, we can turn things around, they say.
Students are vigorously affirming that the natural and social
environment are inextricably linked.
"The human species is part of a natural system in
Earth, the only place in the universe we know of that has been able to
generate and sustain life. Human beings depend upon and interact with
other elements within that system. Yet, the modern trend is to
externalize environmental, social and economic impacts while hoping for
a green transition paid for by the people already bearing the brunt of
the current system. Climate justice and social justice are
interrelated," they write.
Students believe that governments and businesses are
actions, such as with their fossil fuel projects, that are incompatible
with the natural and social environment.
"Such projects are not only in direct contradiction with the
against global warming, they also damage the health of our ecosystem.
The Gazoduq/Énergie Saguenay gas pipeline route and the marine
route threaten a vast territory that is home to endangered species such
as the woodland caribou and the St. Lawrence beluga whale.
The LNG Quebec proposal also endangers three watersheds and three
Indigenous ancestral territories, namely Nitakinan Anishinabe,
Nitaskinan Atikamekw and Nitassinan Innu, while the Gaspé
threatens Mi'kmaq ancestral territory. These projects, as well as many
others in Canada, are part of a neo-colonial power dynamic advocated by
That's why students will be in action on March 15 and again
September 27, just before the federal election, where they intend to
issue of the natural and social environment on the agenda.
Chantier politique strongly supports this action by
youth and students. They are energetically and scientifically involving
themselves in an act of conscious participation to bring about a world
that can guarantee them a future that is fit for human beings.
All Out In Support of the March 15 Climate
Join In !
1. The demands of the Planet Invites
Itself to University campaign are:
1. That it is up to governments to
establish an ecology education
and climate awareness program, in partnership with young citizens;
2. That it is up to governments to
adopt a climate law which,
assisted by a reduction in growth, would force the attainment of the
targets recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The IPCC is
calling for a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 net emissions by 2030, zero
CO2 net emissions by 2050, and a 50 per cent reduction in methane
emissions by 2050;
3. Greater investment transparency
from educational institutions,
withdrawal from fossil fuel investments and the holding of an
institutional carbon footprint assessment to target the largest sources
of GHG emissions with a view to reducing them.
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