Saturday, November 11, 2006

If there's any way I can get out there again and finish it, I will

(quote above spoken by Terry Fox as he lay on a stretcher, telling reporters he was halting the Marathon of Hope because his cancer had spread into his lungs. See clip below.)

The first draft of the petition regarding a tax credit for cyclists is here. I should have a final version up on a petition signing site early in the week.

I kind of feel like I've gone off topic (i.e. cycling) and have been ranting on a soapbox for a little while. I promise I'll shut up and go back to basics once I finish this petition.

The David Suzuki foundation has just released a report which basically says that the federal and provincial governments in Canada have done nothing to effectively combat climate change.

Canada is getting a reputation for being too cowardly to make the sacrifices necessary to fight climate change.

And it's true. After signing Kyoto and saying we'd join the war against global warming, we took a look at the numbers and said "Yikes! It'll be expensive! We're out!"

Is this Canada? Did the country which sent soldiers to Vimy Ridge and which produced people like Terry Fox (Watch the clip!) and Rick Hansen lose the ability to make sacrifices?

I can't help but think that the fight against climate change is the war our generation has to face. If Canadians could give their lives in the world wars, in Korea, in Afghanistan, surely we can cough up .20cents per litre of gas in 2006 to save the planet.



If there is one country that most characterizes the global failure to address climate change, it's Canada. And the failure can't be blamed entirely on rapacious Alberta oilmen, or the cold weather, or even the great distances between our cities. It's largely the fault of the average car-driving, steak-eating, electricity-burning Canadian energy glutton.
Colin Campbell, "An Appetite for Destruction," Macleans 20 Nov 2006, p. 51.

5 comments:

Timon said...

If only there could be a non-confidence motion RIGHT NOW. Then there'd be a chance of the environment (climate change) becoming the main election issue. This would be incredible. It would be the first time that an environmental issue beat out things like Constitution, Free Trade, "Integrity" etc. I'm refering to the recent poll which puts the environment in 2nd place after Health care as the most important issue to Canadians. The time is ripe. If only the Liberals had a leader (and a good one)! If only someone had the courage to test the nation with another election.

Tom Harris said...

If there was a climate catatrophe looming and we were the cause of it, I would agree with you, but I doubt very much either is the case. Many scientists believe this too - take a look at the 23 min on-line video here:

http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?ide=3

Sincerely,

Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (thermofluids)
Executive Director
Natural Resources Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2

e-mail: tom.harris@nrsp.com
Web: www.nrsp.com

Tom Harris said...

If there was a climate catatrophe looming and we were the cause of it, I would agree with you, but I doubt very much either is the case. Many scientists believe this too - take a look at the 23 min on-line video here:

http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?ide=3

Sincerely,

Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (thermofluids)
Executive Director
Natural Resources Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2

e-mail: tom.harris@nrsp.com
Web: www.nrsp.com

Tuco said...

Well, you can find some stats saying climate change isn't happening, and I can find some that say it is. Let's call it a draw and leave climate change out of it.

I think that - based on urban sprawl, the destruction of farmland, gridlock, air pollution - we can still make a convincing argument for why gas should cost $2.00 / litre in order to get cars off the road.

Timon said...

Exactly, there is much more at stake here than just climate change. (if that's not enough for ya!)