“It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.”
-Henry David Thoreau-
It is the Canadian government’s mandate to represent the people, ergo to protect nature. The government of late seems to set priorities solely at an economic level, without considering the natural component of the resources at hand. It is, however, not only a strong economy that is the most important factor. Placing the interests of corporations above those of citizens, monetary gain at the expense of human well-being, is not forward thinking.
Placing high spending priorities on war, and destructive extraction of oil and gases translates into reducing the efficacy of programs that protect the environment. The laws and regulations which protect the environment and conserve nature are as a result rendered ineffective, non-existent or unimplemented.
By abandoning the Kyoto Protocol during the climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, the Canadian government did not represent the voice of the Canadian people. Climate change is of major importance to all people of the world. The Canadian government is fully aware of the impact of the Canadian carbon footprint which is shamefully huge. It is imperative for all countries to have a realistic plan in place to cut emissions.
Setting in place laws and regulations to control and reduce harmful emissions as well as prevent habitat destruction is not contrary to a healthy economy but rather an essential means of ensuring sustainable natural resources. Without sustainable resources the future of the economy is bleak; the future of humankind on Earth is bleaker still.
Now, well ahead of the time to vote, we as Canadian citizens need to send a clear message to the governmental parties of Canada. That message is simple: We will elect those who will protect our natural resources and provide a clean and safe environment for all to flourish. We will no longer accept the dysfunctional economic paradigm that does not factor in the value of natural resources. We will not elect a government that ignores the well-being its people.
Just because the government has gotten away with bad decisions in the past and has their heads poked in the sand over climate change and environmental issues does not mean it can continue to do so. Afterall what good is a government like that. My message to the Canadian Government: DO YOUR JOB!
Today’s “stone” is Day 12. crisp and clear, refreshing, free, the air we breathe, share, need