A critical election

We live on Bowood Avenue in Toronto.   A street that is also a community.  Many young families and lots of kids. When I see them skipping along the street, hear them play in their back yard, watch them shoot hoops in their front yard, I think “These are the grandchildren we are trying to protect.” …

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The Grandparents Generation is changing!

A friend sent my wife and me a poem on the occasion of our first grandchild – many years ago.  One verse read: “Grandmothers don’t have to do anything except be there: They’re old so they shouldn’t play hard or run. If they take us for walks they slow down past things like pretty leaves …

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A Salute to our Honourary Member, David Suzuki

David Suzuki is one of the Honourary Members of For Our Grandchildren.  He is very conscious of the moral obligation his generation owes to future generations. He has written a book “Letters to my Grandchildren”.   We read an excerpt of one David’s letters in this forthcoming book soon to be published. In this excerpt Suzuki describes …

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And a Big step forward!

President Obama is not acting like a lame-duck president.  He recognizes the grave threat posed by climate change. The subject will remain  a primary concern of his government’s foreign policy. Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced a US/China Agreement on climate change.  The Agreement does not introduce new measures limiting GHG emissions. Rather …

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The Link between Climate Change and Poverty

The continuing yearly meetings of the Conference of the Parties will re-convene this fall in Lima, Peru.  This Conference must show progress towards effective targets for GHG reduction and support for the Green Climate Fund.

This Fund is intended to assist those countries who do not have the resources or technological skills to institute measures to combat global warming.  4RG has consistently called for this assistance, as an aspect of a moral responsibility to less fortunate peoples. As we said in a previous blog:

The reasons for and the need for a Green Climate Fund should never be in doubt.   Pope Benedict and other world religious leaders have been clear on the moral justification for such a fund. The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in a shared a video of support, said, “It’s no time for despair – but it’s certainly no time for complacency either. The moral crisis is as real as ever. And we need as never before real moral leadership from the international community. We need to know that governments will fulfill the pledges that have been given by the richer countries, to provide $100bn by 2020.”

There are other ways to assist developing countries in this combat.  Climate Action Network (CAN) follows the deliberations of a UN-sponsored NGO, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Solutions (OWG), which is currently working on the formulation of goals. CAN has pointed out that the link between climate change and poverty must be addressed in recommendations from this NGO.

Several countries are opposed to including climate change issues in these recommendations.  We can’t identify this countries but we have our suspicions.

So we have joined forces with many other organizations, both in Canada and abroad, to insist on the identification of climate change as a big factor in endemic poverty. Extracts from the submission letter to Co-chairs and members of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustained Development Goals (SDGs) follow

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