Divestment Now!

St. James Cathedral

Yes, liquidating pension fund investments in fossil fuel companies is not a popular course of action. The moral justification for doing so it clear:  the continued consumption of fossil fuels is dooming the earth that our grandchildren – and their grandchildren – will ultimately inherit. But on the practical level –- managers of these funds …

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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, …

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Taking the Politics out of Climate Change??

The columns of Margaret Wente are a gauge of the public recognition of climate change. Based on her commentary in the Globe (June 2011), 4RG concluded that she was a climate change denier. In December 2011 of another column demonstrated her denier status as she approved the decision by the Harper Government to ditch the …

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Canada’s Climate Change Policy: the Reality

 Excerpts from Remarks by Stephen Lewis at the Policy Convention of the New Democratic Party of Canada (April 9th 2016) . . .  around global warming, there’s a rallying cry for the Party because the position of the Prime Minister is no position at all. At the Federal level, there is a serious vacuum of content and …

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Hope or hopelessness?

James Lovelock, a highly respected scientist, thinks that saving the planet from climate change is ‘beyond our ability’ , and we should stop wasting time trying to tackle global warming.  In his view  “. . . saving the planet is a foolish, romantic extravagance.” He reconciles this conclusion with his belief in the capacity of humans …

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