Write a post about Greece or Harper, the NDP or the F-35, just about anything and readers will post comments. Sometimes just a couple, sometimes a lot.
But there's one topic that seems to always turn readers mute - climate change. That logging thingee shows that plenty read it but nobody wants to get into a discussion or a debate or even just tell me to shove off. It's like they read it, jump into some hole and pull the lid tightly down.
As the science keeps pouring in it's obvious that this is the most important issue to us as a country, a people or as family members and individuals. It just could be what takes down our global civilization. In fact there's quite a good chance of that, a real probability.
What perplexes me most is that this is Canada! We still have options, mainly adaptation strategies, that have long been foreclosed in most other nations. If we chose not to act those options will slip through our fingers too. Is that what we want not just for us but also for our kids?
Most of the people who read this self-identify as progressives and are politically engaged even as they jostle to champion parties and leaders for whom this is nowhere near the top of their political agenda.
I'm not saying we can turn this off or roll it back. Those illusions left me a long time ago. That said there are things that can be done to bolster our society, to improve our vital social cohesion, to reinforce our essential infrastructure to meet these changing and demanding conditions if we can overcome the inertia, this miasma that now blocks any effective action.
It's going to take energy to overcome that inertia and to build that energy we need engagement and discussion, debate and, if possible, consensus on what we all must demand from our political caste. Yet even that modest beginning seems to elude us. I can't understand why.