Many young people are repeatedly mobilizing to claim the right to a healthy environment. We go to the streets, we go on strike, we express ourselves in the public square, we carry out local and general actions in Quebec. We repeat once more: the environment is not just one issue among many others.
A necessity for our future
Together with the 24 partners of the Go Green initiative, we ask the media to organize a leadership debate exclusively on the climate crisis and the solutions proposed by political parties. The next four years will be decisive in environmental terms, to avoid the worst climate scenarios predicted and to prepare Quebec to face them. The few minutes allotted to this issue during previous debates are clearly insufficient.
The climate crisis directly affects all spheres of our daily life: floods, forest fires, heat waves and droughts, the arrival of new diseases threaten our security, our personal and public finances, our food, access to water, access to adequate housing. and safe or even our physical and mental health. Our future is being played out now, and it deserves much more than a short exchange where political parties barely touch the stakes, or worse, prefer to avoid them.
a special order
Public media have a crucial role to play in our democracy, and we have a request for them: we want to see a debate entirely dedicated to the climate crisis. We’re not alone: 59% of 18-34 year olds surveyed believe this leadership debate would be relevant*. This interest is not surprising when we find that 79%* are concerned about the health impacts of the climate crisis*.
Young people are repeatedly singled out for their low turnout at election meetings. However, history is full of examples that prove that the abstention of young people is explained precisely by the lack of political proposals on the issues that are important to us. A debate on the climate crisis, which addresses social and economic solutions from an environmental point of view, would reconcile young people’s interest in democratic institutions. That would be acting for the climate emergency.
The ecological transition is not a series of sacrifices. It is an opportunity to build together a resilient society in which it is good to live, respecting ecosystems and communities. Collectively, let’s think about the world we want to leave for our children, in which we want to grow and grow old. For Quebec’s mainstream media, please don’t be afraid to organize this debate and open the dialogue. Quebec was the first to close the doors to the exploitation of fossil fuels in its territory, it could also become the first to revolutionize the nature of electoral debates.
*Research commissioned by Vire au vert. 59% of young people aged 18 to 34 surveyed consider it relevant to hold a leadership debate exclusively on the environment, the climate crisis and the solutions proposed by political parties, against 27% who do not consider it relevant.
Catherine Gauthier, YOUTH ENVIRONMENT
In addition to a group of signatories representing around 180,000 members
Lynda Agbo, Laval Graduate Student Association (AELIÉS)
François Trépanier-Huot, Student Coalition for Environmental and Social Change (CEVES)
Antonin Girard, collective Pour la suite du monde, college Joseph-François Perrault (Quebec)
Vickie Bourque, Confederation of Student Associations at Laval University (CADEUL)
Radia Sentissi, Federation of Student Unions on the Campus of the University of Montreal (FAECUM)
Maya Labrosse, Federation of Collegiate Students of Quebec
Simon Telles, Força Jovem
Samuel Clavet-Labrecque, Quebec Youth for Sustainable Mobility
Quentin Lehmann, The Ecotheque
William Lemieux, This path to ecology
Dina Aznag, University of Sherbrooke Masters and Doctoral Student Group (REMDUS)
Clara Landry, Radical Transition