Mayor of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Jean Tremblay Outbursts a Call against Greenpeace
by Raya on March 17, 2015 - 9:14am
Saguenay’s mayor Jean Tremblay posted a video of himself on YouTube explaining his outbreak against Greenpeace and “the intellectuals of the world”. He debates that many workers in industries are losing their jobs due to projects that are stopped by Greenpeace, because they affect the environment in Saguenay.
"Leave us in peace, says Ms. Tremblay. ‘We know very well what the environment is and we have great respect for nature, but we also want to develop and we want our workers to have jobs."
Greenpeace’s spokesperson Nicolas Mainville responded to Mr. Tremblay’s attacks by saying that the mayor is directing his message to the wrong people. He also responds that jobs are at risk because the industry in question, Resolute Forest Product, has not been respecting all the criteria of the certification since January 2014. Due to that, they are losing contracts, and more jobs have to be spared.
The Forest Stewardship Council (most commonly called the FSC certification) is a contract that takes care of environmental issues. The forestry industry infringes several of them, one of them being the conservation of the aboriginal territory. The industry has been logging off some of their territory which is strictly forbidden on the certification. Also, it is one of the thirteen problems they have to fix to have their certification.
Without Greenpeace and their hard work, the environment would not have progressed as much as it is today. Yes, it still does need improvement, I agree. But what if Greenpeace was not there before to intervene in Saguenay and impose an ecological contract for the good of humanity? Citizens would privilege economy and money over essential needs like water and trees, which are unconsciously started to be limited. In addition, Saguenay has an astounding biodiversity that is important to preserve, not only as a pride, but if they are cut off, they are more likely not to grow back, which will leave a huge impact in Saguenay’s environmental wealth.
If you need more information on how to contribute to local help for the environment, visit Greenpeace Canada’s website: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/
This article is originally taken from two articles. The first one is “Saguenay mayor’s outcry against Greenpeace” written by CTV Montreal on March 11th 2015. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/saguenay-mayor-s-outcry-against-greenpeace-1.2274042
The second one is “Mayor of Saguenay calls for action against Greenpeace, environmentalists” written by CBC news on March 10th 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/mayor-of-saguenay-calls-for-action-against-greenpeace-environmentalists-1.2989833