TDA 2010 rider Tim Thomas weighs in on Canada and the climate crisis…
"Canada was clearly the bad guy during COP17. Why, because they decided early in the conference to leak their impending withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol. This news overshadowed the stale reality that the worlds' biggest emitters have never been part of Kyoto.
So where did that leave us? The conference was a success because everyone agreed to agree to continue negotiations. Oey vey!
Canada's bailout seems to highlight a deeper more important factor that is being overlooked. Canada doesnt really suck because Governments and Corporations will never compromise their clients' needs. We are their clients. So as long as we continue to demand a certain level of economic growth, coupled with the comfort of not having to endure change, our governments and the corporations of the world will never come to an agreement on how to adjust their policy and procedures for the good of the environment.
" We must remember that the real threat to democracy is not radicalism but stagnation, inertia and habit" – Wilmot James. We seem to spend our lives resisting and protecting ourselves from radicals, but fail to see that radicals prey on our fear of change. We also forget that we have comfortable and opportunistic lives because of our forefathers' willingness to change. I think the latter is true of anyone in the world who has the freedom to be able to read this.
Earlier this year I popped in an out of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. I was proud to stand up to everything that was wrong with capitalism, until I looked down and saw a Venti Latte in my one hand and an IPhone in the other…what I hypocrite I am, I thought, as I slunk out of the demonstration.
I invite those of us who point our fingers at governments and corporations for their lack of environmental responsibility to first closely examine our own habits. The real threat to human economic growth is not those radical tree huggers, and the real threat to our environment is not actions of capitalist pigs…the real threat to both growth and our environment is our unwillingness as individuals to change.
Rather then take the approach of "Why should I change if my neighbor won't change"…rather Be the change and perhaps your neighbor will change."