Saturday, March 16, 2019
The Kids Are Alright - Are You?
The kids, students waging a global climate strike, are alright. They know what's coming their way. They know the future we are bequeathing to them. It is what we have done, what we are still doing, that fills them with dread.
They're asking for your help. They need your help. Are you going to give them your help?
Praise for their courage means nothing of itself. Such sentiments are cheap and hollow, even hypocritical, if you continue to support governments and political parties bent on rapidly expanding the petro-economy. That encompasses Trudeau's Liberals, Scheer's Conservatives and, to an arguably lesser degree, Singh's New Democrats.
You can't play both sides, not on this one, not any longer. The perpetually optimistic Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, gives us just a dozen years to implement drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions - 50 per cent by 2030 - if we're to have any chance of averting runaway global warming and climate catastrophe. Those kids know that. Do you? They know what it means because that is their future.
Given the overwhelming scientific consensus and our understanding of what awaits you would imagine this would be our parties' overarching priority. Forget Andrew Scheer. Chuckles is a write-off. What about Justin Trudeau? Do you think slashing greenhouse gases by half within twelve years is his priority? Do you imagine it's even on his radar. And, in the perilous state of the climate today, what does it mean when our prime minister continues to dole out billions of dollars every year in subsidies, grants, deferrals and other handouts to these fossil energy giants? Proportionally, Canada gives more handouts to the fossil energy industry than any country in the G7 - yes, including the United States.
Do you think Justin Trudeau would be driving through an expanded bitumen line to the wet coast if doing what those kids need done was even on his radar? His carbon cutting measures aren't even meeting Stephen Harper's laughable emissions targets. And, having chosen the "freedom from accountability" option by retaining first-past-the-post voting, neither of the major parties will have any incentive to change their petro-state policies.
There's no sitting this one out. You're either with those kids or you are against them and their right to a livable future.