Right now, tens of thousands of people from Fort McMurray and surrounding communities have fled the raging fires overtaking and threatening their neighbourhoods, their homes, their treasured keepsakes and memories, and their most basic sense of safety.
You have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leave your mark and push Canada towards a strong climate strategy – right now.
For a chilling view of Canada’s possible future, look no farther than the shamelessly brazen, $15-billion lawsuit that TransCanada Corporation launched against the United States government, after President Barack Obama had the temerity to refuse a permit for the company’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Whether in an urban landscape like Montreal, agricultural zones when he lived in the Netherlands, or on James Bay where he works now, he thrives on the challenge of coming up with solutions that help nature and people co-exist.
The clock is ticking on the next opportunity to introduce state-of-the-art national and provincial/territorial building codes that support the push to a post-carbon economy.
Last week, I got a snapshot of a federal public service that is reinventing itself in real time.
We’ve been hearing for years that climate change is the defining challenge of our lifetimes. That our children and theirs will judge us by what we did to stop the melting ice caps and the rising seas. That we’ll know we’re serious about climate change when we’ve mounted a peaceful mobilization on the scale of the Second World War to build a post-carbon world.
But, Berta Cáceres, the Honduran Indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, was murdered last week for protecting the earth, in spite of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights mandating she receive protection.
When a community has a 139-year tradition of whaling, you would expect it to be a tough sell and a tough slog for people to give up a familiar livelihood in the spirit of wildlife conservation.