Quebec students mobilize in fight against climate change
Published Monday, February 11, 2019 8:08PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:26AM EST
Students around the world have been going on strike to fight climate change, and now a Quebec coalition wants to do that same.
A coalition of students from three schools is launching a call to action for a province-wide climate strike on March 15.
Concordia University student Jamie Latvaitis is one of the students involved on the local level.
“It’s amazing what’s going on right now,” he said. “We had a press conference last Friday and since then, our email has been flooded with people that want to get involved from almost every university in Quebec, CEGEPs as well, even high school students.”
Latvaitis said it’s imperative governments act now on climate change, and that the protest day might just be the beginning.
“What happens when you elect people to represent you and they fail to do so? When they’re not considering your future? You trust them with power and they refuse to take into consideration that the future of your children is not safe. Are two protest days enough for that? I really don’t think so,” he said.
He had a note for anyone who might feel cynical about protests being able to bring change.
“This is a movement that has just begun, it’s worldwide,” he said. “If you’re looking to take that first step in getting involved, we’re offering you that first step right now.”
Watch the interview with Jamie Latvaitis above.