We all know what the Occupy movement is all about at it’s roots; it can be summed up with this single phrase: We are the 99%. What complicates things however is that this movement also presents an opportunity for people to push their causes and ideas forward to a group of activists hungry for change and willing to listen.
The thing is is that not everyone is on the same page when it comes to those subsequent causes.For instance, in Square Victoria the statue of the Queen is currently holding a Quebec Patriote Flag, and the Patriotic Militia of Quebec are holding a strong presence at the square as well, something not all participants agree on.
Though there is one message that seems to ring true for everyone, the importance of the environment. Many share the view that tremendous amounts of wealth are made not solely by exploiting the working man but the environment and it’s resources as well.
Wednesday morning, I woke up at what is now being called The People’s Square and headed off for breakfast. ‘La Cuisine du Peuple’ provides nutritious, vegetarian meals complete with compost and recycling. Everyone takes what they need and not a crumb more.
Every morning, everyone is asked to take a garbage bag and help out with the cleaning to make sure there is no garbage or an excessive amount of cigarette butts. People also share the task of sweeping the square both day and night, making it so clean there are hardly any leaves on the ground even as we find ourselves in the dead of fall.
Around lunch time a girl named Eve announced that she was donating her car for the movement. She would remain the owner of the car but only in legal terms. The car will be used to pick up supplies and groceries for everyone making it the community car, or ‘le civic du peuple.’ She invited everyone to paint it and together 10-15 people added what they liked including a bilingual message on the bumper that reads: “Save the Planet – Sauvons la Planete.”
In the early afternoon someone was circulating a petition (quite successfully) for the city to hold a public consultation on urban agriculture.
Later on a local artist was looking for help to build an idea garden, a place where people can write down their ideas about different issues in society like the ruling class and the environment.
This movement brings so many people together, people with strong convictions that may or may not mesh with others, but the environmental concern is one that can be seen and shared there everywhere you go.