Monday, May 06, 2019
Trudeau Is No Environmental Savior
Today's UN report warning of mass extinction has been enough to send Trudeau backers depicting our prime minister as some environmental savior. Wrong, wrong and wrong.
Trudeau is an avowed neoliberal, a devotee of perpetual exponential growth. His mentality is what lurks behind the UN report.
I wish Justin Trudeau was the environmentalist his boosters claim that he is but, boil it all down, and it comes to "he's not as bad as Scheer." So what? This is the prime minister who bet $4.5 billion on a pipeline to flood world markets with high-carbon, high-cost, low-value bitumen. You have to be a lunatic to proclaim that guy a champion of the environment.
Here's the thing. If Trudeau doesn't come up with a credible plan to slash Canada's carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 he's a problem, not a solution. If he can't come up with a credible path to free us from this neoliberal model that compulsively chases perpetual exponential growth then he's a problem, not a solution. We're out of time for waiting on problems to deliver solutions that never arrive.
Here's the path we're on. It's called "overshoot."
Biodiversity is an integral part of our planet's environmental carrying capacity. Like other aspects of the environment it's already degrading. We're still trying to push that red line higher and higher. That's our prime minister's overarching priority. Humankind has driven the planet into overshoot, exceeding the environment's carrying capacity by a factor of 1.7 and that number grows year by year. The environment simply can no longer carry our consumption. It's losing capacity and fairly rapidly. You can see how this ends and that red line is the path our leaders have chosen for us.
You can tell yourself whatever you want about Justin. That doesn't make it so.