Planting the seed for change at a local level

Planting the seed for change at a  local level
(Photo : Marianne Lassonde)

By Marianne Lassonde
Special to The Record

On Friday, students ditched their classes to demonstrate their frustration about government inactivity in the face of an environmental crisis. Decorated with banners, posters and green pins, participants walked from the Cégep de Sherbrooke to the town hall all the while chanting their demands for immediate change.
One of many happening globally, the march followed a call to action by Fridays for Future, a movement launched by Greta Thunberg in 2018. This year, the protests fell under the general theme of “No More Empty Promises.”
“We want our elected municipal officials to listen to us, to listen to the science,” said Mathilde Robitaille-Lefebvre, co-spokesperson for Université de Sherbrooke’s Coalition Étudiante pour un Virage Environnemental et Social (CEVES).
“We want them to reach out and listen to communities that are directly impacted by their inaction.”
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