Climate strikes return to Montreal schools
The climate strike movement is slowly gaining momentum among high school students in Montreal, after two years of almost total silence due to the pandemic.
The “Pour le futur Montréal” collective will gather in front of Montreal City Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, this collective previously organized student strikes on Fridays. But since COVID-19, the movement has faltered. This period is over, and the strikers are back.
Young Yuna Godefroid played a major role in getting things back on track. This 15-year-old student has decided to start climate strikes every Friday since November 2021, with the movement she created, “students on strike”.
“It has always been close to my heart [environmental cause]. I find it stupid to rot our environment. We are on a planet, we inhabit this planet and we destroy it ourselves. I’ve always done small things, and in high school I was tempted to do more and create my own movement,” explains Yuna Godefroid in an interview with Métro.
More and more students expected
So far, his project has brought together a few dozen students at most. But his young movement then united with “Pour le futur Montréal”. On February 11, a common gathering would have brought together more than fifty students from all walks of life at the town hall. “I really didn’t expect there to be so many people,” says Yuna.
“It is sure that the gatherings were complicated because we wanted to respect the health instructions. Since a big part of our message is “listen to the science on climate change”, we wanted to listen to the science on COVID-19. Last week was our first event since September 24,” says Shirley Barnea.
The demands concern a quest for climate justice and more concrete action on the part of those in power. The next three demonstrations will be used to denounce the gas and oil exploitation project of Bay du Nord, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. “A project that wants to extract between 300 million and 1 billion barrels of oil on the high seas, off the coast of Newfoundland,” denounces the organization.
A march is planned from City Hall to the offices of Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault. “We want to send him the message that he should not accept this project,” explains the co-spokesperson of “For the future Montreal”, Shirley Barnea.