Saturday, April 27, 2019
What Are You Hearing?
I've recently had some interesting conversations with friends in Vancouver and Ontario. In each case the other side brought up the issue of climate change and, specifically, how it might be a factor in the October elections.
These are highly-educated, politically active, individuals even if not always scientifically inclined. They mentioned that, in their circles, people who might not have been particularly concerned about climate change before are now becoming quite worried about what's happening and may happen in the next decade or two.
Too little, too late? I don't know. How much change does there have to be in public opinion to shift our political caste?
When you look at what's already happening and what's building for the 2020s it's insane, utter madness, to be pimping fossil fuels. Yet both of our conservative parties, the far-right Conservatives and the centre-right Liberals, are still firmly in the pocket of the fossil fuelers. And, in keeping with the now customary pattern, they expect to take, between them, about three quarters of the votes cast this October.
What I want to know is whether there's anything to what I'm hearing. Are our fellow Canadians becoming discernibly worried? Is climate change an increasing priority?
What are you hearing?