We just barely scraped through the the mid-term exam in the last century: we acquired the ability to destroy our civilization directly, by war, and we managed not to use it. Now it's the final exam, with the whole environment that our civilization depends on at stake. It's not just about knowledge and technical ability; it is also about self-restraint and the ability to cooperate. Grown-up values, if you like. How fortunate that we shoudl be set such a test at a point in our history where we have at least some chance of passing it.Do we not want Canada to be a shining example to the rest of the world? Couldn't the Canadian ideals of tolerance, cooperation, peace and good government lead the globe on climate change? Send the Prime Minister a letter and tell him we want Canada to lead on this issue. We want the Right Honorable Stephen Harper to demonstrate leadership and cooperation on this issue - and not exhibit a narrow parochial defense of big oil. It won't even cost you a stamp if you use snail mail and the House of Commons addy.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
From Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer: