110 000 students in quebec are on strike for the climate Friday

110 000 étudiants québécois seront en grève pour le climat vendredi

Photo: Jacques Demarthon Agence France-Presse
The strike movement for the climate, which now Quebec has spread in Europe in recent months.

It is now over 110 000 students in quebec who will be on strike on Friday to demand the implementation of effective policies to fight against climate change. Some institutions have, however, refused to cancel the school activities planned, despite the strike votes taken by the students.

According to the more recent compilation done by the group ” The planet is invited to the university “, 110 000 students have so far voted for a strike one day, this Friday, while a dozen events are planned in various cities in Quebec, including Montreal and Quebec.

Despite a vote in favour of this day of strike action on climate, some institutions have meant that the regular activities will be maintained. This is the case at the University of Quebec at Three-Rivers, where the management took note and respect the decision made by the students in the general assembly “, while announcing that ” the lessons and courses provided for in the schedule, however, will be maintained according to their planning normal on the 15th march “.

“An absence 15 march, other than for the reasons specified by the regulations of undergraduate studies will be considered as not substantiated, and you will receive the grade of “0” for the activities, which leads to a failure in the course “, therefore indicates an e-mail sent to students and forwarded to the Duty.

This day-long strike in Quebec is part of an international mobilisation in favour of the fight against climate change. For the moment, protests and strikes are planned in almost a hundred countries around the world on march 15.

No meeting with the minister before the protests

In Quebec, the minister of the Environment Benoit Charette has also sought a meeting with the representatives of the collective ” The planet is invited to the university “. This meeting could be held Thursday or Friday.

The representatives of the collective, however, have refused to hold this meeting prior to mobilization on Friday, march 15. “The government of the Coalition Avenir Québec, following the call to strike launched a month ago by the collective, would have been able to apply well in advance of this event that goes beyond the considerations Quebec “, they stressed in a press release issued Wednesday.

“This event student world is a call shot to the decision-makers, appeal to the need for urgent action in the face of the climate crisis. Thus, the collective hope that the media attention is turned towards this event more than a meeting of last minute with the minister, “they added, while calling on” the members of the government ” to ” walk in the street to express their interest in the topic of climate change.”

The office of the minister Charette said Wednesday the Duty that the minister would be prepared to meet with representatives of “The planet is invited to the university” after the events of Friday. The minister does not, however, participate in one of the protests planned on Friday. On social networks, members of parliament pq members, in solidarity, and liberals have already indicated they will take part in the protests.