"if you don't act like adults, we will": thank you climate strikers. thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday's global student protest brought me so much joy.

And also sadness, because I often feel so cynical about our ability to stop climate change.

And also hope, because I won't succumb to that cynicism. I will fight it, and fight it, and fight it. Because our cynicism is the perfect weapon to be used against us. No evil genius could invent something more powerful than our own inaction.

This photo gallery from the New York Daily News is wonderful. Very New York-centric, but with a global flavour.


The Mound of Sound said...

Laura, it dawns on me that in this year's elections we have a fairly stark choice. We either vote for those young people or we vote against them.

We have to face up to reality. We're a petro-state with a petro-economy and we practice petro-politics. It would be nice to transition away from that over 20 or 30 years. We don't have the luxury of time. Even the persistently optimistic Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, warns that the world has 12 years left to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent if we're to have a reasonable chance of averting climate catastrophe for those young people.

Canada, certainly on a per capita basis, is a major GHG emitter. We have no excuse for ducking the 50 per cent by 2030 warning.

Come October we'll be left with either a Trudeau Liberal or a Scheer Conservative government. Both are in the bag for the fossil fuel industry. The NDP are not nor will they be competitive and they've always been wobbly on climate change.

For those young people, here and around the world, this election matters because it could be our last meaningful chance to make a difference. Our best hope is to fight for a minority government with the Greens holding a balance of power, able to elevate climate change as the next government's singular priority.

There'll be no milk and honey future for our young even if we succeed. At this point let's just try not to make their future far worse than it need be.

laura k said...

Yes, very true. But I don't think climate change will ever be solved by the ballot box. No government in our present configuration will take on the energy industries, especially when at least half the population is still stuck in "jobs vs green" mode.