From its establishment in 2006, For Our Grandchildren has encouraged grandparents to support efforts to combat climate change. We have stressed the need to avoid the possible outcome of inaction – a hostile planet that our grandchildren – and many more generations of grandchildren- must overcome before they can live without the risks of mass extinction.
As we stated In our blog “Humans: Selfish or Compassionate?”
“We must leave the planet for our grandchildren, not as a devastated landscape but as a new Eden, a garden that each spring gives hope for the future.”
From a Canadian perspective little has been accomplished to check the basic cause of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions. Why? Because neither the Federal Conservatives who formed the Federal Government during the first half of this decade, nor the Liberals before them, did much to reduce Canada’s emissions. In the last Federal Election the Federal Conservatives insisted Climate Change was not an election issue.
Canada cannot continue to drag its feet in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The most recent scientific report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected more deaths and large increases in climate refugees due to extreme weather and rising seas, in addition to a greater rate of species extinction and reduced economic growth.
There is still hope that in the next election Canadian public opinion will recognize the need for more action to limit climate change. This hope is inspired more by “grandchildren” than grandparents.
16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world’s attention. “The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg says. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.” We already have all the commitment.
In Canada, student leaders like these are hard at work, planning a nation-wide school strike for May 3. Check this map to find an event near you. Then go and support our brave youth who are doing what they can to make up for our generation’s failure.
Students from around the world have adopted the strike, and in many countries, they have successfully attracted support of key politicians. In Canada’s next election grandparents must make sure that climate change is a key issue. We cannot expect grandchildren to do it on their own.