Shut Marianopolis Down for Climate Strike
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Please share this post with as many current Marianopolis members as you can. Thank you!
Reminder: Vote “yes” to the “Strike on Climate Change Referendum” survey on Omnivox. Please don’t delay!--the ballot will close Friday at 12pm. Don't know how? Check out the post on "Marianopolis Climate Strike"
N.B. As this petition is intended to serve as genuine proof of student support for the cancellation of classes on September 27, please make sure that you fill all the required boxes in the form and avoid signing the petition more than once. Thank you!
On 27 September 2019, from 12pm to 4pm, all Marianopolis students must join the Climate Strike, beginning at the Monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier (see map here), for their planet and for their future. In order to allow the greatest number of students, faculty, and other staff members to attend, it is necessary that classes be cancelled on that day. Your signature will soon serve, along with hundreds of others, as a proof that there is a need for this strike and, more importantly, as a strong recommendation to Christian Corno, our Director General, that the school be closed on that day.
Students, you have chosen to attend CEGEP, no doubt to prepare for university, after which you will hopefully land a fulfilling job. You have chosen to receive an education to reach a future that would be unquestionably better than one without an education. However, the planet you inhabit is currently in threat. Just like how you chose to receive an education, you can choose a better outcome for our planet.
Wondering how you can help to take this petition even further?
- Vote “yes” to the “Strike on Climate Change Referendum” survey on Omnivox. Please don’t delay!--the ballot will close Friday at 12pm. Don't know how? Check out the post on "Marianopolis Climate Strike"
- Before each class, ask your teacher if you could make an announcement to encourage your classmates to sign the petition. Your teacher will probably welcome your announcement.
Teachers, as education professionals, there is no doubt that you are dedicated to helping your students to achieve their goals and lead fulfilling lives. However, the planet they currently inhabit has been in danger and will be in more if our society does not transition towards a more sustainable economic model.
Wondering how you can help to take this petition even further? Before every class period coming up, make an announcement encouraging your students to sign the petition. This will help spread the word! Thank you!
Please note: if you choose to sign this petition, please make sure you do attend. This is for your future.
We would like to have participants meet in front of the school at 11am, then commute together to the protest.
If you are still unconvinced, either that 1) climate change is an urgent issue or that 2) a climate strike will lead to positive outcomes, I strongly encourage you to read on.
A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of the United Nations, warns that significant changes must be made in order to keep temperatures from rising above 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius. The Guardian published an article that summarizes the predictions reached by the world's leading climate scientists in this report. It states that if temperatures were to rise above 2 degrees Celsius,
- A third of the world's population would experience heat waves at least once in every five years;
- Virtually all of the planet's coral reefs would be lost;
Separately, the BBC has summarized the difference between keeping temperatures from rising above 1.5ºC and keeping them from rising above 2ºC. If temperatures do not rise above 1.5ºC,
- 10 million fewer people would lose their homes to rising areas;
- 50 percent less people would experience water scarcity;
- “2 million square kilometres of permafrost would be saved over centuries;
- 50 percent [less] species of [would lose] half of their geographic range”
Here’s the problem: A 2017 article in the journal of Nature mentioned, “Human-induced warming reached an estimated 0.93 ◦C (±0.13 ◦C; 5–95 percentile range) above mid-nineteenth-century conditions in 2015 and is currently increasing at almost 0.2 ◦C per decade”. This paper was citing another research article from 2015.
The IPCC has concluded that in order to prevent temperatures from rising above 2 degrees Celsius, carbon pollution must be reduced by 45% before 2030 and reach zero before 2050. Unfortunately, government action is lagging; according to Olivier de Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, many governments prioritize economic growth and social peace over longer-term issues such as the protection of a planet that supports us with all the resources we need to subsist. Ours is not an exception. It is true that the Trudeau administration has taken some action on climate change and even posted a webpage on the government's website outlining Canada’s agenda to combat this issue. However, it still, for instance, has strongly supported to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, presumably to spur economic growth in the Canadian oil sector. Perhaps relying on the ignorance of its people, Parliament is reluctant to take bold steps towards finding alternatives to an industry that causes harm to our planet and our health from its extraction to its consumption.
Very often, governments put measures in place to keep its population satisfied, as quickly as it can. If we were to show our government that it must act upon climate change to keep us satisfied, Parliament would undoubtedly spend more of its resources tackling global warming and other environmental issues such as waste reduction and biodiversity protection.
Now, you may still think that protests are ineffective, and they often are. A New Yorker article points to a Black Lives Matter demonstration and a Women’s March that both led to no political action. However, there are cases in history where protests have led to change: the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, for example. Unlike this movement, which only affected a portion of the population of one country, the reach of the upcoming Climate Protest is global; it addresses an issue that, without any exception, affects every inhabitant of this planet. Knowing the scale of the issue at hand, the potential outcomes of this protest are enormous.
The greater the number of people, the better. In order to allow the greatest amount of participation, the cancellation of an entire day of classes will be necessary. If you would like to ensure that you will be able to attend the climate strike, please fill out the petition form.
Lastly, please share the petition with as many current Marianopolis members as you can. Thank you!
-Kalliopé and Edward
Again, please note: if you choose to sign this petition, please make sure you do attend. This is for your future.
Further reading from the works cited
- For the report by the IPCC, click here.
- For the Guardian article that summarizes the IPCC report, click here.
- For the BBC article summarizing the same IPCC report, click here.
- For the 2017 Journal of Nature article, click here.
- For the CBC article on our government’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline, click here.
- For the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s page on the environmental outcomes of the fossil fuel industry, click here.
- For the New Yorker article, click here.
All sources are also linked in the parts of the text where they are referenced.
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