I’m a Francophone Montrealer student at a public french-speaking high-school in Montréal.
This year was marked by two important Climate Change strikes that occurred throughout many Montreal schools and the world.
Of course, I was a skeptic
On the first day of the strike, half of the students didn’t show up to afternoon classes, but I didn’t think much of it. At the end of the day, everything still seemed normal.
The first real strike day
When I showed up to school about two weeks later I saw a group of teachers smiling from ear to ear. They told me about a protest. “Il y a du piquetage devant la porte” mister Georges, my math teacher said. “Hey Ben ou est-ce que tu t’en va de même?” said Mister Couture, my former history teacher. I was tired so I was l confused. Then I saw a group of student with signs blocking the entrance to the school. An adult finally explained to me that there was no school today that day due to the strike.
Soon after, I asked a school board commissioner what was happening. She said there were 2 other high-schools in Montreal that were striking too.
Having an ecologist friend in the school who is well informed, I asked him what was happening. He explained to me every 2 Fridays, there would be strikes.
And he kept his promises.
1 week passed, there were heavy rumors of an incoming strike the next Friday. To be fair, almost all of the school was aware of what was happening.
After this strikes, things accelerated.
The director said that next time strikes happen, police would be summoned to crack down on the strikers, but that he was open to let the strikers do what they wanted in the context of the classroom to help fight the issue.
The strikers agreed and undertook important project the revigorate the school.
I was honestly surprised by how well the strikers did. Though I’m a conservative, I have to say that they made a difference. That being said when they declared an emergency declaration throughout the school the next day, I thought that went too far.