The efforts of québec families for a Christmas more green

Les efforts de familles québécoises pour un Noël plus vert

Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
Lauriane, Samuel, Rosalie, and Leah, whose ages range between 14 and 3 years of age, will receive at Christmas books, wooden toys or cloth, or activities.

Finished the avalanche of gifts, and over-packaged products for Christmas in the family Auclair-Delisle, which is redoubling its efforts this year to reduce its ecological footprint, after having signed the famous “Pact for the transition.”

Lauriane, Samuel, Rosalie, and Leah, whose ages range between 14 and 3 years of age, will receive at Christmas books, wooden toys or cloth, or activities. And if they ask for a toy too pollutants in Father Christmas? Well! They will be second hand.

“When you have less, it has more value. It is necessary to return to it, because it doesn’t make good sense. We consume a damn and it is not more happy for both,” said their mom, Amy Auclair, alongside her husband, Gabriel Delisle.

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In the interview with their children in their home in Repentigny, Ms. Auclair and Mr. Delisle have confessed that their oldest had been initially disappointed by their projects, but they quickly adjusted to their suggestions.

“I say to myself, if we can get through Christmas without eating full of plastic, one should be able to pass through our year without consuming too much plastic”, she stressed.

“It’s like someone who stops smoking. When you stop smoking during the Holiday season pis that you pass through, you’re going to be correct for the year,” she added, bursting into laughter.

When dozens of artists have launched the Pact for the transition, in order to encourage Quebecers to do more to save the planet, the Auclair-Delisle responded and felt comforted to know that they were not the only ones to be worried about the future.

The family tries to reduce its production of waste by composting, by having fewer products packaged in single-use plastic. And the next car Auclair-Delisle will be at least hybrid, if not fully electric.

Amy Auclair and Gabriel Delisle wish to take concrete steps to inculcate these values in their four children.

“If we raise our children [like that], maybe in two-three generations, in principle, people should be at the basis of ecological, rather than to become with the time”, said Ms. Auclair, who is 34 years of age.

A difficult transition, but a necessary one

Ms. Auclair admits that this is not always easy to make efforts to reduce its ecological footprint, especially for the parents of large families.

“Since the month of September that I have not had to leave, I’m just running around. It is sure that this is not easy, it’s like being an addict of the stuff the facts,” she argued.

But Ms. Auclair and Mr. Delisle are convinced that the efforts are worth the effort, and encourage all Quebecers to follow the movement, even those who disagree with the scientific consensus on global warming.

“Even if the predictions they do, it’s not that really, we can do our part. You can’t go wrong by reducing our waste,” said Mr. Delisle, who works in a printing press of Montreal.

Both parents also hope that the new government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) to act on this front, even if the party has not done one of his issues of choice during the election campaign.

“One time, it will be necessary that there be tougher laws, fines,” argued Ms. Auclair.

“It’s going to take laws to help the mass to put on, but it does not mean that individually, we can do it and lead by example.”

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