The sky is falling!
My thoughts and feelings are so tumultuous these days. Newsfeeds, Social Networking sites, radio, TV…..it doesn’t seem to matter where I focus my eyes, it seems the world as I know it has changed overnight. What I believe in and fought and strove for most of my life now seems meaningless. Each day looks scarier and scarier.
In the 60’s it was Greenpeace, the Environment, the Vietnam war and legalizing Marijuana. I was probably in the middle of that crowd. I protested, sheltered Conscientious Objectors in my home, wrote letters to my MP and did everything I could to try to live my beliefs. I joined Greenpeace and thought David Suzuki would save the world. But no one listened to us. No one believed us. The powers that be continued to send our men and women to war, to destroy the planet, to overlook the greed and corruption of our politicians and to allow big corporations and big pharma to flourish.
And the world carried on, and on and on until 50 years later we are on the brink of destruction.
We have climate change; and according to Nasa, 2015 was Planet Earth’s warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880.
The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1.0 degree Celsius) since the late-19th century, a change largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.
Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Last year was the first time the global average temperatures were 1 degree Celsius or more above the 1880-1899 average.
As illustrated by the 400,000 attendees at the People’s Climate March in New York City and the solidarity events that took place around the word, the realities of climate change are no longer only being stressed by environmentalists. The effects of climate change will be economic, social, and environmental and will alter people’s lives in a myriad of ways that we are just beginning to understand.
(Wikipedia quotes) On 12 December 2015, the participating 195 countries agreed, by consensus, to the final global pact, the Paris Agreement, to reduce emissions as part of the method for reducing greenhouse gas. In the 12-page document, the members agreed to reduce their carbon output “as soon as possible” and to do their best to keep global warming “to well below 2 degrees C”. France’s Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said this “ambitious and balanced” plan was a “historic turning point” in the goal of reducing global warming. However, some others criticized the fact that significant sections are “promises” or aims and not firm commitments by the countries.
What does this mean? Was anything really achieved? Do we have another 50 years to play around? We need to change how we live. We need to be prepared to give up some of our ‘creature comforts’.
Canada’s emissions growth between 1990 and 2013 was driven primarily by increased emissions from the fossil fuel industries and transport. We are not doing well in this area.
We need to go GREEN! We need to create new sources of energy. We need to find ways to clean up our oil and safe ways to get it to market. I don’t have faith in Governments. Leaders talk about all the wonderful ways they are going to do things but the reality is: No one leader or party has the power to implement the changes necessary. Look at what is happening in the world today. The EU is collapsing, and socialist countries are failing. The US, Canada and other capitalist countries are failing.
We have the TPP with those that are for and those that are against, and for now it appears the Canada will sign next week although according to Minister Chrystia Freeland, it doesn’t necessarily mean Canada is committed to it. Does it tell us something about our government’s intent?
Then we have CEPA. http://www.cepa.com/library/pipeline-myths-vs-facts
Added to our own economic failure, and the world’s economic failure, we have wars that are causing so much strife and hardship. Folk with no homes; children with no parents or family. People starving and running to what they believe will be a better life, only to be turned away.
Racism and hatred seem to be fueling the debate. People seem to be becoming so judgmental and irrational in their thinking. Should we allow Refugees to come? Should we close our borders? I read comment after comment and it is so disheartening. How will government deal with the issues of the average Joe when everything else looms so much larger. How can they deal with the ‘small change’, like Dying with Dignity or the legalization of Marijuana. How can they focus on Health Care, the needs of Senior’s, the physically and mentally challenged or our Vetrans.
I fight to believe that we can turn around all this nasty crap we have manifested. I struggle to stay positive and upbeat as I look back at my life and what it once meant; what I strove for and what I believed in.