We basically have 12 years to save the world. This according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose message hasn’t changed after all these years: the Earth’s climate is changing, and human activity is the cause. Is that why protest has been so hot this cold January?
In this last three weeks there’s been three different protests demanding action on Climate Change. Legal action on the First Nations people in Wet’suwet’en, climate hostile governments across Canada and in the U.S., a pending Federal election, and that aforementioned IPCC report have together seemed to put Climate Action on the front-burner.
But what are we to make of this sudden urgency? Can it be sustained for the long haul? Is this the public breakthrough environmental activists have been waiting for? And what does action on Climate Change look like when the progress made looks like half-actions, such as the federal carbon tax, and it’s greeted with such revulsion and negativity? The Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, did say the other day that the carbon tax will lead Canada into a recession?
These are the sorts of questions we’re going to put to our quartet of Climate Warriors this week, and they are:
- Dustin Brown, a coordinator with the Guelph branch of the Extinction Rebellion
- Spencer McGregor, a spokesperson of the campus group Fossil Free Guelph
- Steve Dyck, the President of Guelph Solar and a former Green Party candidate
- Robert Case, the Chair of the Wellington Water Watchers’ Board of Directors.
So this week on the podcast, we turn the microphone to these four local leaders of the environmental movement to get their feedback on how things are going in this first month of 2019.
So let’s talk about the renewed efforts to save the world on this week’s edition of the Guelph Politicast!
Guelph Politico will be posting about the results of the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday and whether the U of G will vote to divest from fossil fuels. And stay tuned for more action and protest on Climate Change…
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