Friday, in Canada and in several other countries of the world, took place the walk for the climate. In Quebec, thousands of young and old took to the streets to make their environmental demands heard.
I have often taken part in climate marches. Each time, seeing thousands of people coming together to make a difference, chanting powerful slogans, moving in the same direction as these people of all ages, I feel filled with hope…
But then the days pass and my sense of helplessness in the face of climate inaction begins to despair me again.
I fear that in 100 years, children will learn in their history books that in the 2020s we have not taken environmental issues seriously enough.
I’m terrified that we won’t take our last chance to settle this vital matter.
It is no longer time to walk. Tick tock, tick tock…
It is time for governments to do everything in their power to improve the lot of the planet and future generations.
I notice that my generation, the millennials, have difficulty projecting themselves into the future, imagining and hoping for a future filled with possibilities.
Many of my loved ones are invaded by eco-anxiety, an illness that makes them suffer daily.
Many young adults my age are genuinely hesitant to have children because of the uncertain future of our planet.
These are sad facts.
If the government led an ambitious environmental shift, I am sure that young people concerned about these issues would regain hope for the future.
I dare to hope that in 100 years, children will learn in their history books that their ancestors, in 2022, acted to ensure them a life in which they can flourish on a healthy planet.