1: Tell the Truth
The Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies that reinforce the climate emergency and must work with the media to communicate the urgent need for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
2: Act Now
The Government must enact legally-binding policies to both halt biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions in Canada to net zero by 2025. It must take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases, and cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
3: Citizens’ Assembly For a Vigorous and Inclusive Democracy
The creation of a Citizen’s Assembly in charge of deciding the measures needed to reach goals.
4: A Just Transition for All
The Government must enact legally-binding policies to both halt biodiversity loss and reduce carbon emissions in Canada to net zero by 2025 on the basis of planned, reduced, energy consumption.
The government, elected officials and companies must recognize the new threats that weigh on the entire biosphere today, including humans. They must openly assume their share of responsibility for the destruction of ecosystems, climate change, the depletion of natural resources, and recognize the profound incompatibility between the current mode of economic development based on growth and the pursuit of profit, and the limits of our planet. They must admit the links between ecological crisis and social crisis and renounce any law or decision not going in the direction of the resolution of this deadly and unjust situation. The population must be informed of the risks, the changes to be implemented, and their social and economic counterparts. We ask the media to carry out a thorough work on the reasons for the unsustainability of our societies, to tell the truth about the seriousness of the situation and the depth of the changes that will have to be made if we want to face them.
“Good intentions”, “non-binding agreements” and “roadmaps” will not change the situation. We intend to force the government to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Our survival and that of other species must not depend on hypothetical and far-reaching technological solutions, abandoning the model of current economic growth and mass consumption before we are forced by planetary boundaries is the only viable option, so we must immediately begin an energy drive and the abandonment of fossil fuels. This policy will have to be brought to international level by binding agreements in order to undertake a global effort to the extent of the stakes.
These demands require a civil and solidarity mobilization of a scale and purpose comparable to those deployed in times of war. The governments that have succeeded each other in recent years, blinded by a logic of growth and short term planning, have shown their inability to deal seriously with these issues, so we want the power to be delivered to citizens, and at the local and regional level. A more vigorous and inclusive democracy needs to be put in place through the creation of a sovereign citizens’ assembly adapted to this change of society, which will guarantee equitable sharing of the effort to be made and solidarity with the most vulnerable people.
A just transition must shift Canada and the rest of the world away from fossil fuels towards clean energy, as well as from an extractive economy to one that puts life before profits. A just transition must take care of everyone economically impacted by the energy transition — this includes those already left behind in the present economy. (XR Qc- Extinction Rebellion Québec General Assembly, August 28th, 2019)