“Building a Better Future for our Children” Means “Offering Them a Planet that is Inhabitable in 25 Years”

“Let us Face It – There is no Planet B”

French President Emmanuel Macron

A Statement Worth a  Share – from the Desktop of Niagara At Large journalist Doug Draper

Posted May 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Incurable news junkie that I am, my eyes and ears frequently read or hear statements made by others that are striking  in the way that  they offer insight, provoke thought, stimulate healthy discussion and debate,  and speak to the wild and crazy times that we  live in.

The statements that stand out the most for me are ones that challenge the status quo, entrenched norms of dogma of the day. They are statements I believe can and should inspire us to do our part to build a better world for ourselves and for present and future generations.

So for a while, at least, I am going to try sharing some of them with Niagara At Large readers in the hope that they stimulate some discussion and provide a little more insight and inspiration for others.

In that spirit, here is a statement on climate change and protecting our earth’s environment that French President Emmanuel Macron – yes the same French President who was recently seen, much to the dismay of many, engaged in serial hugs and handshakes with Donald Trump – included in an April 25th, 2018 speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress that, in many ways, defied many of the   asinine statements Trump continues to make about climate change, “fake news”, and a number of other issues. 

Our Ontario-based readers might also wish to consider provincial PC Party leader Doug Ford’s recent posturing on what he’d do, if he were premier, about wind energy farms and controlling climate changing carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Some of that posturing is posted right here on Niagara At Large, this May 15th.

Now here is that statement on climate change, from French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech to the U.S. Congress

– Emmanuel Macron’s Speech at the United States Congress,  25 April 2018

“I believe in building a better future for our children, which requires offering them a planet that is still habitable in 25 years.

Some people think that securing current industries – and their jobs – is more urgent than transforming our economies to meet the global challenge of climate change. I hear these concerns, but we must find a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy.

Because what is the meaning of our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet, while sacrificing the future of our children?

What is the meaning of our life if our decision, our conscious decision, is to reduce the opportunities for our children and grandchildren?

By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions and destroying our biodiversity, we are killing our planet. Let us face it: there is no Planet B.”

To read French President Emmanuel Macron’s full address this past April 25th, 2018 to a joint session of U.S. Congress, click on – http://www.voltairenet.org/article200927.html .

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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