A first strike on the climate scheduled for 15 march in Quebec

Une première grève pour le climat prévue le 15 mars au Québec

Photo: Alexander Shields The Duty
The students want to urge the government to implement a plan of action to combat climate change much more ambitious.

Like movements launched in different countries, Québec students plan to organize here the first student strike for the climate. They want to press the government to implement a plan of action to combat climate change much more ambitious.

The group “The Planet is invited to the University,” that hopes to mobilize college kids, and university students for a walkout one day, brings together, for the moment, students from the Université du Québec à Montréal, the École de technologie supérieure, Concordia University, McGill University, the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi and the Université Laval in Quebec city.

Junior high school students also joined their movement, which hopes to rally Quebecers around a “common front for the environment,” said Friday one of the instigators of the initiative, Louis Couillard. It is, moreover, convinced that the call to the strike of 15 march is only” a first step ” towards a broader movement.

Why have you chosen to launch a call for a strike ? “The strike is relevant because it is only by establishing a relationship of forces sufficient that the government and the schools will listen to us. Strikes bother : they can’t be ignored, ” said Mr. Couillard, recalling that walkouts are planned elsewhere in the world on march 15.

While stressing that the young people will have “everything to lose” due to the impacts of climate change, Raphael Leblanc, engineering student at ETS, said for his part that ” individual actions will not be sufficient to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. It is necessary that governments should act, but they are not doing enough now.”

Climate bill

The consolidation, therefore, requires that governments adopt ” a climate bill forcing the achievement of the targets recommended by the intergovernmental panel on climate change “. According to the most recent IPCC report, to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, it will reduce CO₂ emissions by 45% by 2030, compared to 2010 level. It would then reach a “zero net” emissions of CO₂ by 2050.

The members of the CAQ, however, were rejected on Thursday a motion supported by all three opposition parties, which called on the government to introduce a bill ” aimed at ensuring the enforcement of the obligations of Quebec’s climate “.

According to the climate goals put forward several years ago by the Quebec, it was planned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % by 2020, compared to 1990. But according to the most recent balance sheet of GHG available, that is, the year 2016, emissions had only decreased by 9.1 %.

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