Are we too late? Should we give up?

Two contrasting stories came to my attention this morning leaving me wondering how we can get out of this urgent climate mess and once again asking myself if it is worth even trying.

The first story presents the opinion that humanity has 5 years to stop using fossil fuels or risk human extinction. The second, points out that yesterday’s Canadian budget does not even address reducing subsidies to the fossil fuel extraction industry.

In the first story in Gritpost, James Anderson is quoted as having this to say about the degree of urgency:

“Recovery is all but impossible without a World War II-style transformation of industry—an acceleration of the effort to halt carbon pollution and remove it from the atmosphere, and a new effort to reflect sunlight away from the earth’s poles.”

In the second story, Elizabeth May had this to say about yesterday’s budget.

“The Paris target of holding global average temperature at no more than 1.5 degrees C above Industrial Revolution levels is a fundamental goal that should involve a whole-of-government approach. Yet Budget 2018 does not touch subsidies to fossil fuels in the oil patch and for fracked natural gas.”

The difference between the required action and our own plans is so immense that it leaves me with little hope.

And yet, this morning I also came across this film that contains an interview with Glenn Murray when he was still Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Here’s what he has to say at about the 17:00 minute mark of the film.

“It is the biggest crisis in human history. Most of you are going to look at your son or daughter or your grandkids one day and they’re going to ask you “What did you do? Did you stand up and play a role to make a difference.” Because the opportunity to be part of this fight is the most consequential thing you can do in your life.”

That’s why I have to keep trying, in spite of the lack of will on the part of our leaders. I’d rather go down fighting than just give up and carry on as though there is no threat. Once again I will send letters to ministers pointing out the difference between their promises and their actions.

Please join me.

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