Climate change: “I don’t have eco-anxiety, I do eco-anger. »

The Student Climate Action Front (formerly the Stop GNL coalition) is launching a major campaign on Friday, April 8 and intends to carry out a series of actions to make its voice heard.

Viviane Isabelle, secretary of external affairs for the Student Anthropology Association of the University of Montreal, was not going to let the rain and the cold prevent her from coming to the gathering of student association leaders from all over the Quebec.

We have no choice to act, we are left with no choice, we are not listened to, she says.

The student is still shaken by the approval of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, of the Bay du Nord project in Newfoundland and Labrador. Frankly I can’t believe it yet!she exclaims.

The young anthropology student finds that the federal government has gone too far in approving this offshore oil extraction project.

Me, I was angry on Wednesday. I don’t do eco-anxiety, I do eco-anger. »

A quote from Viviane Isabelle

Above all, she specifies, that two days earlier, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had published its third part of the sixth report, the scientific conclusions of which are unequivocal; there is an urgent need not to start any more oil extraction projects, otherwise the planet will slowly die out. It’s making fun of usthinks the young woman.

The young woman says she is afraid for her future and for her generation. There are no words to express what we feelshe says.

Simon Guiroy, spokesperson and coordinator of the Student Climate Action Front, is also overwhelmed by the actions and decisions of Justin Trudeau’s government. The student insists on the fact that the IPCC announced on Monday that greenhouse gas emissions must, from 2025, stop growing and then be reduced by 43% by 2030. For him, this should have been a a more than convincing argument for Minister Guilbeault to reject the Bay du Nord project. The government has no excuse for doing so, according to Mr. Guiroy.

For the students, it is inconceivable to have approved the Bay du Nord oil project.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

Reducing Fossil Fuel Pollution

The students who spoke at a press conference on Friday described candy measures Canadian government announcements to reduce GHG emissions. They claim that an energy transition for a healthy future does not pass through a plan which lacks demands on the oil and gas industry and by prehistoric projects such as Bay du Nord.

Mr. Guiroy says his group has given serious thought to the problem of climate change and has come to the conclusion that the only way to achieve real results in Canada is to eliminate GHGs linked to fossil fuels. And that’s why the Student Climate Action Front is tackling this sector.

The federal government excludes GHG emissions related to fossil fuel exports from its reduction plans. But the GHGs linked to the combustion of fossil fuels that we export, alone, are 1.3 times greater than all of Canada’s domestic GHGs. »

A quote from Simon Guiroy

We must stop laying out GHG reduction plans and never reach the targets set, says a student present. Then another student, Mathieu Bernard Tardif, from the Student Association of Anthropology at the University of Montreal, said it was time for the federal government to talk about degrowth to combat the effects of climate change. Scientists say it, sobriety must be at the heart of our choices, and that, according to him, nobody talks about it.

He goes so far as to say that the very concept of sustainable development does not work. Sustainable development remains a concept based on growth. And growth will lead us to the downfall of the planet. It’s a term of greenwashing and we should talk about degrowth, in fact.

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