You don't hear many Canadians concerned about how our plans to flood world markets with high-carbon bitumen will affect the little brown people of the Third World. Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.
Justin Trudeau, prime minister 'Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead' never mentions what bituminous energy may portend for those in the poorest and most vulnerable countries that are already getting hammered by climate change. Not a peep. He sure as hell isn't going to admit responsibility.
Our privileged indifference might change when climate change reaches grandma or the young ones, when it lands on our doorstep. However that's the fate we invite. That's the future we bequeath to the grandkids.
The climate crisis is making people sicker – worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease.
Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and rising heat. But the impact of the climate crisis – for patients, doctors and researchers – is already being felt across every specialty of medicine, with worse feared to come.
"There’s research suggesting that our prescription medications may be causing harm because of changing heat patterns,” said Aaron Bernstein, a pediatric hospitalist who is the co-director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University.
“There’s evidence that extreme weather events are affecting critical medical supplies so we can’t do things as we normally would do because IV fluids aren’t available.
“And there’s evidence that extreme weather events are knocking out power more and more, and that is a huge issue for providing care in healthcare facilities.”You didn't really think we were getting out of this scot-free did you? No, sweetheart, sooner or later everybody pays.
How do I kill thee? Let me count the ways.
You really should read the article to get the full flavour of what awaits us but here are a few areas of concern, lethal concern.
Allergies; pregnancy and newborns; heart and lung disease; children under five; dehydration and kidney function; skin disease and cancer; digestive illness; infectious disease; mental health; neurologic disease; nutrition decline and trauma from severe weather events including smoke inhalation.
That sounds like a basket of fun, doesn't it? It's just one gawddamn thing after another, eh?
But our leaders, the petro-pimps? They won't take responsibility for this. It'll be treated as an 'act of god.' Only it's not. This an act of man. You can go back a generation or two to get your baseline. Pretty much everything since then, the difference, is rooted in fossil fuels. Sucks, eh?