Between careerist and idealist, I will always have a penchant for the latter. They stay true to their beliefs and strive to translate them into reality.
Careerists turn out to be more narcissistic. They are willing to do anything as long as it serves them personally. To hell with the collective!
While politicians take off their hoods in hopes of a cabinet job, there are those who remain true to their ideals and work to make the world a better place.
These people rarely make headlines. However, they devote their lives to building a welfare for their fellow citizens.
My professional life, whether as a teacher, trade unionist or columnist, has allowed me to meet some of these extraordinary people who are determined to make lasting change.
I am thinking in particular of Christian Payeur, an architect of the development of the Brundtland Green Schools network (which has become the ACTES movement) and the creation of the Monique Fitz Back Foundation.
For more than 25 years, Christian has been committed to saving the planet by relying on the power of young people.
Daily news is appalling and heartbreaking. It’s easy to understand that many are discouraged and doubt their ability to stem climate change or environmental degradation.
Moreover, the actions of the politicians do not reassure them. Despite all these avatars, Christian Payeur never abandoned his ideals.
To this day, he remains convinced that if more people recognize the seriousness of the situation and are willing to put pressure on governments, we have a chance to leave posterity a healthy planet.
His path has not always been easy. He had to endure the doubts of those around him about the measures he advocated and the authorities’ reluctance to seek them.
He has every reason to be proud of his commitment. A bit weird: even those who initially doubted it are now showing their pride.
Walk without walking
In 1982 Christian was hired by the CSQ as a researcher. In 2003 he became head of the department for professional and social affairs. In 2005 he also became Director General of the Foundation. In 2011 he retired.
That year he became a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. There he just announced his departure. However, he promised to continue to participate in the campaign and to contribute financially.
Essentially, the Monique Fitz Back Foundation and the ACTES movement are dedicated to educating and mobilizing young people to protect the environment.
For Christian and his partners, hope is fueled by these thousands of young people fighting climate change.
Thank you Mr Payeur for never giving up despite the doubts of many and for reminding us that the best strategy is to act.
Like him, you can donate on the foundation’s website!