Students are disappointed by a meeting with Minister Benoit Charette

The representatives of the youth movement that works for the fight against climate change have not managed to obtain the commitments they wanted from the Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette.

The collective La planète s’invite à l’Université came out unsatisfied, Friday afternoon, of its first contact with the minister.

Mr. Charette refused to commit to an interview for the representatives of the collective with Prime Minister François Legault and he also refused to commit to meeting international targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). ), spokesmen for the movement reported, in an interview with The Canadian Press.

Contacted at the end of the day, the attache of the Minister, Louis-Julien Dufresne, did not want to confirm this information, arguing that he was not present at the meeting. He had to follow up on our requests, but he still had not called back in the middle of the evening.

“We deserve more, we deserve better,” said a spokesman for the collective, Louis Couillard, in an interview after meeting with the minister.

Mr. Charette, however, promised a more concrete plan to fight climate change within a year.

He also wants to discuss with the collective during four upcoming consultations on environmental issues. The movement’s authorities will follow up on this proposal next week.

The spokespersons of the collective do not go so far as to say that they have lost confidence in Mr. Charette, but they “hope he is the leader we need”.

He “will be judged on his results, to him to show that he can be a leader,” said the press secretary of the collective, Dalie Lauzon-Vallières, in an interview with The Canadian Press.

The movement wants to continue to mobilize and continue to lobby the Legault government, as do other student movements around the world that are now walking every week for governments to step up the fight against climate change.

The collective La planète s’invite à l’Université demands that the Legault government publicly commits itself to respect the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1, 5 degrees Celsius – reducing global CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030, reducing net CO2 emissions by 2050, and reducing methane emissions by 50 percent by 2050 .

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