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21 organizations invite youth to surround the National Assembly on Earth Day to send a strong message: Let’s stop going around in circles NOW!

Let’s surround the National Assembly on Earth Day to send a strong message: Let’s stop going around in circles NOW!

Members of the Collective* launch a call to action to young people

Montréal, March 12, 2019 ― Members of the Collective* are calling on young people to join them in surrounding the National Assembly on April 22, 2019 in order to send a strong message to decision makers: Let’s stop going around in circles! Register now with Quebec Youth Mobilizing for the Climate! The April 22 mobilization in Québec will mark the start of Earth Week.

Giving our youth the chance to speak

Everywhere throughout the world, young people and environmental organizations are coming together to address the climate emergency. It’s time for Quebec to take action on the climate. The Collective, which now includes 21 influential players in the areas of youth and the environment, is coordinating a unique mobilization, which will take place on April 22, 2019, in order to allow young people to express their climate demands. A shuttle bus system has been organized, to bring participants to the event from various Quebec towns and cities. Information and registration can be found on the Earth Day website.

How can youth make their voices heard?

During the months of March and April, the Collective will be collecting the messages that young people want to send to decision makers. Youth have various options for communicating their messages:

  • **POST A PHOTO OR SHORT VIDEO on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #22avril2019. They can also use the mobilization filters and stickers, which are available on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram!
  • ***SUBMIT THEIR MESSAGES by completing the prepared form. All messages received before April 5 will be printed on cards and submitted to the National Assembly on April 22, 2019.
  • ***REGISTER to take part in the mobilization taking place on April 22 and come to express their demands with signs or any other form of peaceful expression.Young people are also encouraged to take advantage of events with friends, an association, an AGM, a school, or a green committee to collect messages and forward them to the collective (as explained above).

*Members of the Collective

Consult the list on Earth Day Website.

Accès transports viables
AmiEs de la Terre de Québec
Comité environnement du Cégep Limoilou
Conseil régional de l'environnement de la Capitale-Nationale
CSN
Eau-Secours
ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU)
Équiterre
EVB-CSQ
David Suzuki Foundation
FTQ
Greenpeace
Earth Day
Nature Québec
Le Pacte pour la Transition
La Planète s'invite à l'Université
La Planète s’invite à l’École
La Planète s’invite au Parlement
Pour le futur MTL
Québec'ERE
Transition Capitale Nationale

Join the Collective

Are you an environmental organization or youth group that would like to take part in the mobilization planned for April 22, 2019? Get in touch with Earth Day to join the Collective and learn about the opportunities for taking action!

QUOTES

“Everywhere, throughout the world, young people are rising up to claim their right to a clean environment and a sustainable future. Hearing their call to action, we need to do everything we can to reduce CO2 emissions by almost 50%, compared to 2010 levels, between now and 2030 in order to be able to remain below a warming of 1.5° C, as called for by the scientists at the IPCC.”
— Sidney Ribaux, Executive Director, Équiterre

“Faced with the climate emergency, young people want to express themselves and demand concrete actions. As we do every day with Earth Day, we will open the way for them on April 22 in Québec so that their demands can be heard.”
— Thomas Mulcair, Chair of the Board of Directors, Jour de la Terre

“There are more and more of us, confronted by this emergency, committed to doing our part and demanding policies to deal with the challenge we face: climate legislation, a fair and courageous plan of action, concrete steps, a vast national works project and massive investments to complete the transition. Let’s all get together for the climate! Let’s get off oil and gas! And let’s turn resolutely toward a sustainable lifestyle! With the strength that comes from numbers, we will finally get them to listen to reason!
— Dominic Champagne and Laure Waridel, Le Pacte pour la Transition

“We have a collective responsibility to ensure a sustainable future for our young people, on whose shoulders the weight of the world now lies. The more of us that are to rise up in response to the climate emergency and defend our right to a healthy environment, the lighter this weight will seem. Together, let us act to call for concrete measures from our leaders so that we can offer the youth of today and tomorrow the promise of a future – and a Quebec – that is green and fair.”
— Karel Mayrand, Director General for Québec, David Suzuki Foundation

“In this period of climate emergency, which the Legault government has itself acknowledged, it is past time that it accelerate the implementation of new concrete measures to protect the planet’s climate. Soon, the voices of young people and students, supported by Quebec scientists, will penetrate the walls of the National Assembly. This government needs to listen to the population and end its serious lack of courage in the fight against climate change.”
— Patrick Bonin, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace

“Our elected representatives have an appointment with History but don’t seem to realize it. On April 22, we invite the citizens and young people of Quebec to come and remind them of this. Our generation, our children and our grandchildren will remember the actions that they take to deal with the climate crisis.”— Christian Simard, Executive Director, Nature Québec

“Climate change is already affecting the lives of Quebecers and the worst is yet to come. The Quebec government needs to assume its responsibilities and act now. The approximately 3.4 million young people and future voters of Quebec want a plan for the climate. Right now.”
— David Morin, age 20, Vice-President, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU)

“It’s not too late. It’s not too late if we’re united, because together we are strong and this is how we’re going to make our voices heard. By joining together, we’re going to win. We can’t wait for change, we have to be the change. It’s now and not tomorrow because, otherwise it will be too late. We want a future. We want an earth that is sustainable. Is that too much to ask?”
— Sara Montpetit, Pour le futur MTL

“I fear for the upcoming generations. It must be a lonely world when your future is potentially bleak and the adults, that are supposed to protect you, chose to be idle.
How do we solve the problem? We must show the youth how to be brave. We must take their hands and fight by their side. We must show them what it is to have hope in the future.”
— Jamie Latvaitis, co-spokesperson for La Planète s’invite à l’Université

“Transportation alone is responsible for 43% of GHGs in Quebec, a rise of 52% since 1990. The Quebec government has to stop pushing its problems down to the young. In fact, all future Quebec highway projects, such as the third link, will result in an additional load on the environment that future generations will have to deal with.”
— Étienne Grandmont, General Manager, Accès Transports Viables

“The CSN wants the government to present a concrete plan that responds adequately to the climate emergency. It needs to bring in measures to provide for an energy transition that is fair, especially one that involves worker training, in order to support employees and businesses in making these necessary changes.”
— Jacques Létourneau, President of the CSN

“With the gigantic challenges that we face, we can no longer put things off in the name of the economy and profits! That is why the CSQ and its network of Établissements verts Brundtland (EVB-CSQ) are proud to join this inspiring movement. We call on the government to act now to ensure a viable future for us all!”
— Anne Dionne, 2nd Vice-President, Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) and head of policy for the EVB-CSQ movement

“The issue of climate change needs to become a priority for governments. Climate change does not involve only the environment, it’s also about the economy. We have to start right now to think about an energy transition and that has to be done fairly and equitably for all workers and for communities. We also have to recognize the mobilization by our youth, who understand that it’s their future that is at stake.”
— Patrick Rondeau, FTQ regional counsellor – Montréal

“Schools need to see the challenges that we face today and be able to train young people, who will in turn be able to take up these challenges! It is our duty to act now to ensure a sustainable future!”— Dominic Vézina, founder and creator at La Planète s’invite à l’École
“Quebeckers have had it with vague promises and half measures. They have been in the streets since last fall to demand concrete action. The Legault government needs to act. Now.”
— François Geoffroy, spokesperson for La Planète s’invite au Parlement– 30 –

About the Collective

In late 2018, in light of the climate emergency, ten organizations from the environment and education sectors came together: the CSQ, the FTQ, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU), the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre, Greenpeace, le Jour de la Terre, Le Pacte, La Planète s’invite à l’école and La Planète s’invite au Parlement. This coalition of organizations then decided to help the young people of Quebec coordinate a symbolic mobilization for Earth Day and send a strong message to decision makers: Let’s stop going around in circles. Now!

Information and interviews:
Laura Bergamo, Jour de la Terre
Coordinator, Mobilization and Collective
(438) 928-5237 | lbergamo@jourdelaterre.org

Camille Gagné-Raynauld, Équiterre
Media Relations
(514) 605-2000 | cgraynauld@equiterre.org

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