Climate Change Pledge

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.

Prairie Fire

Add hurricane, flood, desertification, rising oceans and mass migrations

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.
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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 [2030] 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

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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?

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About Munroe Scott

Munroe Scott is a veteran of the freelance writing world.
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16 Responses to Climate Change Pledge

  1. glynniscampbell says:

    Love this, Munroe! As an American, I’d be happy if our leaders would even acknowledge that global warming EXISTS. As a Californian, I’m proud to say my state is trying to lead the way. And as a human, I’m doing what I can with a solar roof, a drought-resistant yard, organic food, and a plant-based diet. Best of luck on the petition!

    • Munroe Scott says:

      Thanks Glynnis. Interesting. My first response comes from an American. Good for you. I assure you most of Canada is keeping fingers crossed for those mid terms. But we’ve all got to survive in spite of Trump.

  2. David Scott says:

    In total agreement! How do we make this happen? Let me know. By the way the 2020 reference is confusing, I hope its stated as a beginning point, not the actual “tipping point”?

  3. Deb Ellis says:

    Dear Monroe,
    So wonderful to see you at West Hill the other day; thank you so much for your words and action on this front. I couldn’t agree more; while individual contributions are important to encourage, the reality is that there simply isn’t enough time for all of that to take effect. The changes have to be massive and world-wide; it is our governments who will make those decisions, and they will respond only to the pressure of constituents. Business will respond to financial pressures and incentives. I will absolutely make that pledge. I think for too long, we have felt hamstrung by a perceived need to vote “strategically” instead of with our moral compass. No more. If we believe in (for example) the Green Party, we need to vote Green. The other parties have had their chance – for decades – while the GP has been sounding the alarm. Perhaps now their time has come.

    • Munroe Scott says:

      Thank you Deb. We obviously are in agreement. You say, ” I will absolutely make that pledge” which is marvellous except that at the moment it’s just a balloon I’m flying. I have no idea how to launch such a pledge in a meaningful way. I suppose it could be done the way online petitions are handled. I really hope some younger person (I’m 91) more in tune with social media might step up and advise or take over.. We’ll see.

  4. Thanks for this, Munroe.
    There is only one party in Canada that puts stopping climate change at the top of the list of priorities: it is the Stop Climate Change Party.
    The Green Party has “BOLD ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE” on page 350.org of 44. The federal NDP has nothing
    https://www.greenparty.ca/sites/default/files/platform_english_web.pdf
    In the Federal NDP 2018 Platform there is none, only a request for money, on Google
    The Ontario NDP’s https://www.ontariondp.ca/safe-healthy-province does not show climate change as a top priority.

    For more information on the Stop Climate Change Party write kranney@cogeco.ca

    Ken Ranney

    • Munroe Scott says:

      Thanks Ken. I agree that at the moment the Greens appear to be the only ones really dedicated to it as a top priority, but my whole point is that we’ve got to cudgel ALL parties to get going on it — collegially — or the games up. I wish I knew how to launch the pledge in an efficient, meaningful , non-partisan way. Maybe your group might have some advice.

  5. Allison Gutteridge says:

    Hi Munroe: I agree with your comments and applaud your pledge. I will make this pledge in America, except that my first priority is to support the removal from influence (then power) of the current President – or at least those in his party – which will hopefully return the country eventually to a position of at least acceptance and potentially action around climate change . . . so I’ll vote Democrat in every case to expedite that.

    • Munroe Scott says:

      Allison, you’ve almost cheered me up. I’ve been depressed. My climate Change blog has received almost no feedback considering that I know how many people have read it. Of that minuscule response 50% (2) is American, like yours, and I understand so well that there the first priority has to be to get rid of the current administration before Climate Change can be tackled. Good luck to you all. In the meantime, with virtually no Canadian feedback, after asking for feedback and criticism, I have to assume — well, i don’t know what to assume. But thank you.

      • Allison Gutteridge says:

        I can understand your concern about lack of feedback, but just because people haven’t responded doesn’t mean they aren’t considering your remarks and request. You made a very strong point: we’re too calm, and not focussed on human survival/climate change and not taking action. And you did take action, by writing this blog and urging a strong call to action. So you are no longer one of those sitting around waiting for others to take action. So congratulations on taking action, in such an articulate and persuasive way.

      • Munroe Scott says:

        Allison, this time you have cheered me up. And when I look at the blog stats although the response is minimal I see that more are reading it and in fact passing it on. (Of course now we’ve got a new Trump in Brazil and this one with his
        eyes on the rain forest.) I guess we just soldier on.

  6. gretta says:

    Thank you, Munroe, for taking this action, reminding us that we CAN do something, we CAN do more than that, we can do much! So with you on this, as I’m sure you know. Let’s make change happen!
    Much love,
    gretta

    • Munroe Scott says:

      Thank you Gretta. Much appreciated. Particularly from someone like yourself who has struggled (and is struggling) for so long to make some meaningful and essential intellectual changes in our approach to religion which is not at all disconnected from the problem of climate change.
      Love reciprocated,

  7. Ev Cowan says:

    I have just learned of a reported 50,000 (coincident) person strong demonstration in Montreal in support of the United Nation report on Climate Change. Somebody organized that. Who? It would be a wonderful first step if the various organizations and individuals who are declaring an interest in seeing some action on this matter could put aside their individual differences and participate in a “common cause” approach on this particular issue.
    Humankind is under threat. Their other Interests surely must take a secondary place in their priority of effort until such time as Governments Take Effective Action to counter the threat. Your current example of the action taken by the United Church to resolve the issue of an atheist Minister is a prime example of what can be done when people want a solution.
    There is no one avenue of action that will achieve results. Governments do not lead *** they follow. It will take a “MOVMENT” TO GENERATE THE ACTION REQUIRED. At the moment I am not aware of any organization or agency that could act as a focal point to begin to coordinate interested second parties — perhaps with your blog we could further stimulate enough interest and discussion to produce a bit of hard information on action groups that are ready to act . For example if we could start by getting a follow-up to the Montreal support action and have similar support action in a different city each week-end; followed by a national rally early in May would be a good start.
    Your 50,000 are there. Small steps!!!! Perhaps Ken Ranney can move this discussion forward.

    • Munroe Scott says:

      Ev, obviously I am in total agreement with you. I am afraid you over estimate the power of a small blog like mine. It’s not really in main stream social media. However I do know that some interested regional folk are looking at it and it’s been sent onto a national group. We’;ll see.

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