The students from all over the demonstrate for climate action

Les étudiants de partout manifestent pour l'action climatique

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
The great march for climate started in the early afternoon in the city centre of Montreal, at the sound of the drums.

The great march for climate started in Montreal, in the early afternoon in the city centre, to the sound of the drums.

There were demonstrations in several other cities in Quebec, including Montreal, Quebec city, Saguenay, Joliette, Rimouski, Baie-Comeau, Sherbrooke, Gaspé and Sept-Îles. Some parade in the streets, while others congregate in places considered strategic.

More than 150,000 students in quebec are on strike on Friday to demand that the government take action for the climate.

Students in montreal have even forced the suspension of their course, forming human chains around their schools.

In recent weeks, the student associations at many colleges and universities have held strike votes in order to join to this global movement that snowballed. It is also expected that secondary school students join the demonstrations as well as teachers being part of the movement ” Teachers for the planet.”

The students wish to denounce the inaction of the governments and will require more action to prevent the warming of the planet.

Politicians will join them, but not the minister of the Environment of Quebec, Benoit Charette, neither the federal minister Catherine McKenna. However, they were said to celebrate the commitment of young people to the planet, Ms. McKenna, even adding that all should follow.

On Friday, the prime minister of Québec, François Legault, said he was pleased to see young people of all countries show that citizens are interested in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Because this goal can only be achieved if a single canadian province is making efforts, he stressed.

Young people ask governments to adopt a climate bill to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius.

The group “The planet is invited to the University” requires, inter alia, the compliance of the targets recommended by the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), by the reduction of global emissions of CO₂ by 50% by 2030 and the reduction of nearly 50 % of methane emissions by 2050.

Similar demonstrations are planned Friday in other canadian cities such as Moncton, Toronto, Regina and Vancouver, and in nearly one hundred countries in the world.