Are you too calm? I’m far too calm. Most of us are bloody well too calm.
It’s already more than a week since I heard the UN Secretary-General sound a call to arms to fend off catastrophic climate change and it seems to me our leaders are still dithering. Provinces are still squabbling with Ottawa; a destructive extractive economy is still said to be compatible with a healthy environment; “tax” is still being used as a dirty word and “taxpayers” are made to feel like indentured servants instead of citizen contributors; monster machines and voracious corporations together are still despoiling the boreal forest; we are being told that oil cannot be left in the ground even though in the ground is exactly where Nature locked it away; pipelines are still promoted as long as they export fossil pollution; potential job loss appears to be more of a threat than species extinction; so on ad nauseum.
Like most of us, I too have been sitting on my ageing fattening rear end but what can individuals do? Well, if enough of us get together perhaps we can help our leaders focus their minds on the priority. Human survival.
Here’s my proposal. It’s a bit rough yet and maybe I’m nuts but hey, maybe it’s not me who’s nuts. Tell me what you think. Please do.
CLIMATE CHANGE PLEDGE
I hereby affirm that I fully agree with the concerns voiced by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a speech* delivered on Oct. 10th, 2018, in support of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report issued two days previously. In brief, the Secretary-General said:
“We [the human species] face a direct existential threat…. If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point  where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us. …That is why, today, I am appealing for leadership – from politicians, from business and scientists, and from the public everywhere…. We have the tools to make our actions effective…. There is no more time to waste…. the world is changing before our eyes. We are careering towards the edge of the abyss. …Every day we fail to act is a day that we step a little closer towards a fate that none of us wants – a fate that will resonate through generations in the damage done to humankind and life on earth. Our fate is in our hands. The world is counting on all of us to rise to the challenge before it’s too late….”
Consequently I hereby pledge that:
● I will not vote for or support any political party either Federal or Provincial that does not quickly and aggressively put Climate Change at the very top of its list of priorities.
● If I belong to a political party that does not quickly agree to making Climate Change its number one priority I will resign that membership.
● I will not support any candidate or party that does not demonstrate a collegial approach to finding and implementing Climate Change solutions.
● I will not vote for or even waste my time listening to any politician or candidate – Federal, Provincial, or Municipal – who does not endorse the Secretary-General’s call to action and demonstrate a working knowledge of the Secretary-General’s statement.
My pledge will be activated as soon as 50,000 fellow Canadians have also taken it.
Signature:________________ Date: ____________________
* The Secretary-General’s full statement can be found at: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-09-10/secretary-generals-remarks-climate-change-delivered
Note: The 50,000 figure is a shot in the dark. Obviously if only a few take the pledge then we are virtually removing ourselves from political action. On the other hand, large numbers become politically effective. So — what do you think?