MONTREAL – Earth Day will be celebrated Monday in Quebec, youth and environmentalists having promised to encircle the National Assembly on this occasion.
The symbolic mobilization aims to demonstrate the urgency of the climate and to demand concrete action from the government of François Legault.
A collective made up of 25 environmental organizations, unions, citizens and especially youth groups, also calls on the population to participate in their activity to “stop going around in circles” in the fight against climate change, according to the slogan they put forward.
The idea is to make the voices of young people heard, but the general public is welcome, Laura Bergamo, coordinator of the collective organizing this mobilization, told La Presse canadienne.
But April 22 coincides this year with Easter Monday, which means that elected officials do not sit in the National Assembly and there is no parliamentary business of the week. If elected officials can not hear the message of the youth on the spot, Ms. Bergamo is convinced that the message will reach them in their constituency.
“When organizing the event, we were aware that it was a holiday, but the idea was to take a symbolic action, and gather more people from all over the world province. “The Easter Monday holiday enabled them to mobilize a dozen buses to allow many young people to travel from Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Trois-Rivières and Saguenay.
Some personalities have also confirmed their presence, including the director, environmental activist and instigator of the Pact for the transition, Dominic Champagne, and the former politician Thomas Mulcair, according to Ms. Bergmamo.
The event will be preceded by a major march starting at 1:00 pm from the intersection of Grande Allée streets and Parliamentarians, near the Parc de la Francophonie. Thirteen young people, aged 10 to 26, will speak at the Parliament Building in Quebec.
The arrival and encirclement of the National Assembly is scheduled between approximately 15:00 and 15:30, approximately.
“The collective calls for concrete actions now”, in environmental matters, recognizes Ms. Bergmamo, but “it is the young people who will deliver their message and their expectations to the government,” she says.
For young people who can not be there, the group had planned the coup by allowing them to send their message on their website or by posting their message written or video on social networks using the hashtag # 22avril2019.