As a 17-year-old, I have a lot at stake in this upcoming federal election. It is frustrating that I cannot vote because I am part of the generation that will feel the biggest impact of the climate crisis. And like climate activist Greta Thunberg says, “The science is clear”. We need to cut our emission levels in half by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. But Canada is nowhere near being on track to meet those goals.
The two dominant parties in this election do not inspire much confidence. Our government talks a big game but then has a carbon tax that isn’t high enough to lower emissions as much as they need to be reduced and goes ahead and buys a pipeline. The opposition is no better. They have a vague plan with no legitimate goals. Now, I’m not going to argue which party is worse but it’s a fact that neither one will do enough.
So that’s why I participated in the climate march last Friday on Parliament Hill in Ottawa with the thousands of people who, just like me, are worried and downright angry. We were loud and we were proud! And I was happy to be part of the 6.6 million people who march around the world. I was also happy to see adults and seniors participate as well because, we are all in this together!
The record-breaking 300,000 people in Montreal as well as the people in the dozens of marches across the country just goes to show that people get it! And a growing number of people are realizing how dangerously crucial and time-sensitive this issue is.
We want climate action, and we want it now!
Jean-Michel Tweed is a 17-year-old student at École Secondaire Catholique Régional de Hawlesbury (ESCRH) doing a co-op at The Review with an avid interest in politics and is concerned about the future of our climate.