A DAY OF SKILL-BUILDING AND PROTEST AGAINST FOSSIL FUELS IN MONTREAL
MONTREAL, QUEBEC (April 22, 2017): Montrealers gathered on Earth Day to share knowledge and take action. Around 100 gathered at Concordia University for a day of workshops to grow the movement for climate justice. Topics ranged from hip hop and environmental racism to running an effective campaign. During their lunch break, participants joined in the Montreal March For Science, an initiative highlighting the essential but threatened role of science in creating sound public policies.
Climate Justice Montreal, in partnership with Coalition Vigilance Oléoducs, Divest Concordia, and other community groups hosted the “Climate Justice Skills Day” to build capacity within the community to take on the complex and pressing issues of climate change and extreme fossil fuel extraction in the country.
“We’re in a moment where many people are motivated to get more involved in politics and their community, but they might not know where to start,” says organizer Shona Watt. “We want to train, connect, and empower citizens to work on their own projects to oppose destructive fossil fuel projects. We also need to foster skills in our community to build the future we want to see.”
To build connections among climate and environmental groups often segmented along language lines, the event was a collaboration among majority-Anglophone and Francophone groups in the city. Workshops and talks were given in English, French, or both languages.
“The leaders of this country know that talking about climate action is in their interest, but they have not followed through with meaningful action to curb our emissions, says Vincent Duhamel, a co-organizer. “This fight is far from over and we’re going to need all the help we can get to secure the future of our planet and its inhabitants.”
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