In love with the territory

En amour avec le territoire

Fight for the territory : what a beautiful title ! Which says it is fighting for the territory says necessarily love of country, love of those who live there and struggle.

However, it’s going to hurt a bit everywhere on the planet, and Quebec is no exception. Our environment that has made us what we are today is threatened by the carelessness of some and the appetite without scruple of the other. The issues are essentially geographic, says the author, who pleads for a revival in the teaching of this discipline : “We have never had as much need to understand the territory, the power relationships related to space and the dynamic that we have with the environment. “The geography can thus become an instrument of radical change in this sphere of influence to a global scale and to influence our lifestyle habits.

The climate crisis that we know today : rising temperatures and heat wave, excessive pollution causing thousands of deaths, extinction of some animal species, the appearance of mosquitoes that can cause serious diseases, floods, etc, is not created overnight. It has its causes. And don’t think this is happening in the neighbour’s yard.

Extractivism

In Quebec, we said the geographer, ” we extractivism tattooed on one buttock “. Exploit our natural resources has always seemed like a no-brainer. Question what principle would want to go back to the stone age, it is alleged. And to review our short history, from Jacques Cartier to the 1980s, with its highs and lows. The more things change, the more they stay the same, seems to say Massaged.

In the forest industry, for example, despite the beautiful promises of the government, the State continues to fund the dispossession of their forests, at a loss. Year after year, ” the quebec government is spending more in the industry not to withdraw the charges […]. Even worse, all of the costs associated with disasters caused by the industry prior to 1986 (think of replanting), are now assumed by the State, and therefore by the community. “The portrait that he painted of the mining industry is no better, if not worse.

The author recalls that if the first ministry of the Environment has seen the light of day in 1979, with Marcel Light at its head, six years later, under the government Bourassa, will be created the first ministry of Privatization ! We went in the middle of the period of neo-liberalism, with the dismantling of the quiet Revolution. Result : more poverty, precariousness for the new generations and environmental destruction accelerated.

Quebec, what we think, is at the heart of the new world order, by reason of its borders to the south, with the United States and the St. Lawrence river (one of the most important drinking water reserves in the world) and to the north with the thawing of the arctic waters, passage coveted by, among others, China.

Turbulent history

The author, coordinator of the quebec Network of environmental groups (RQGÉ), traces the turbulent history of the environmental movement in Quebec and its various movements, including the environment radical. This latter component is mainly composed of anarchist militants and some of their actions were known, an echo in the popular press, such as the Suppression of Rebellion.

It is clear that these social movements and groups environmentalists have changed the way we see our territory and its development. But much more, they have prevented, in many cases, the worst to occur. As we think of nuclear power, the transport of oil on our territory, the reversal of line 9B, to the lng port of Cacouna, the moratorium on shale gas, to the protection of our wildlife, etc, Their claims are become ours, and not only of Québec solidaire.

This test gives us the taste to better protect our quebec territory.

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