“THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES WE ARE FACING MUST PUSH THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION”
Alexandre Fichon, a Blue Dot volunteer for a year and a half and a student.
I was thirteen when I first started paying attention to the global warming issues, and the urgency to protect our environment and the generations to come. I watched An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, former US vice president and the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and suddenly I had a bunch of questions. This impactful case for the environment made me aware of the worrying global warming situation, environmental issues and our role in all of this. Since then, I have felt the need to be more personally and professionally involved in this cause.
I arrived in Quebec from France three years ago, and I had a wonderful opportunity to meet David Suzuki—a simple man who makes every effort to serve the environmental cause. Sharing the same values as him, I was motivated to get involved in the Blue Dot movement of the David Suzuki Foundation and I became an active volunteer in the Papineau community (Villeray, Parc-Ex, Petite-Italie). In addition to helping me build a social circle, volunteering allowed me to advocate for the protection of Canadian residents by taking legal action against corporations that disregard the environment.
In the face of global environmental issues, countries must take meaningful action to guarantee everyone access to clean water, clean air and healthy food. In Canada, this is not the case, especially for First Nations.