Sudbury letters: Learning about climate change; forgetting Bernier

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, speaks during a party event at the Stonebridge Hotel in Fort McMurray on July 9. File photo/Postmedia Network jpg, SW

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Adults need to learn more about climate change

It is back to school time and it is the adults who have the homework.

Thus, thank you Sudbury Star for publishing Steve May’s column ((‘May: Sea levels are rising — and so are the youth of the world,’ Sept. 8).

As Greta Thunberg said, “You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their eyes.”

Our youth are literally fighting for their lives.

Climate newbies should probably start with the basics. Katharine Hayhoe, a Canadian climate scientist, has a series of videos called Global Weirding. I highly recommend “What’s the Big Deal with a Few Degrees” and “Oh Canada – Global Weirding”.

College and university students wanting to learn from their peers should consider Future Majority. Millennial and Generation Z voters now outnumber every other voting-aged generation. Regardless of political affiliation, their voices will be heard as they begin to reshape the political landscape” (https://futuremajority.ca/).

People who like to dig into policy solutions can learn from the best at Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, Canadians for Clean Prosperity and the Pembina Institute. If you are the hands-on type and want to see how the various policies can cut carbon emissions try out Pembina’s Policy Simulator (https://pembina.org/pub/try-out-your-climate-policy-ideas).

If you are on Twitter, check out @GeraldKutney and the ongoing #ClimateBrawl. Often, it is interesting to read the #ClimateBrawl crew dismantling of climate disinformation.

The climate crisis is literally the greatest threat to public health in the 21st century. Two major recommendations from climate experts in the health community are that we need to eat a diet much higher in plant-based proteins and price carbon pollution.

Unfortunately, Ontario gas pump stickers from Ford’s government are telling only half the story about Canada’s carbon pricing policy. People wanting stickers that tell the whole story and in seven different languages can check out CarbonTaxWorks.ca.

Most people don’t seem to know that we received our rebates/dividends from the federal carbon pricing fee on line 449 of our income tax forms in April 2019 — before the carbon price kicked in — and that rural and remote Canadians get an even larger rebate than urban dwellers and farm diesel is exempt.

Nor do they know that by giving money back to Canadians, eight of 10 Canadians will come out ahead. For a family of three living in an urban area in Ontario, their rebate from the federal government will be $2,168 from 2020–23. You can calculate your rebate on Fair Path Forward’s Rebate Calculator here: https://fairpathforward.ca/rebate-calculator/.

Adults can support the youth and join their rallies and strikes. Sudbury’s youth can be found most Fridays except Sept. 20, at the corner of Brady and Paris from 2-4 p.m.

The Sudbury and District Labour Council, in addition to scientists at Laurentian University and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, are now supporting the youths’ big rallies in September.https://cape.ca/events/fridaysforfuture/.

Schools, union members, scientists, the medical community and the general public are invited to Greater Sudbury’s Earth Rally, Thursday, Sept. 26, most likely at Bell Park for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., pending insurance approvals.

Teachers, please register schools now as space is limited. Follow the information here, https://www.liveablesudbury.org/fridaysfora_future.

On Oct. 3 there will be the 100 Debates on the Environment across Canada. The Sudbury-Nickel Belt 100 Debates will be held at St Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch St, Sudbury from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 (https://www.100debates.ca/sudbury).

On television, an English Leaders’ debate is proposed for Oct. 7 with the French debate proposed for Oct. 10.

Lastly, don’t forget to vote on Oct. 21.

Cathy Orlando, Sudbury

National Director

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada

 

Forget Bernier

Maxime Bernier (leader of the People’s Party of Canada) is clearly of the one per cent. Only someone with his perspective can view climate change as unproblematic or childish.

He is not telling the truth. Corporations have not been telling the truth. Governments have not been telling the truth.

We must mobilize as citizens of the world to shut down the rapacious greed of the fossil fuel industry. There is no time for the Berniers of the world.

Dale McDonough

Sudbury

 

 

 

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