“Last October, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released (a) special report (that) was a screaming alarm for immediate action. … And yet, months later, governments continue to act as though it is business as usual.” – Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada’s Green Party
A Call-Out Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada
Post April 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large
Last October, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its special report on why the world must reach the Paris target of no more than a 1.5 degree C global average temperature increase – or face the most dire of consequences. It was a screaming alarm for immediate action.
And yet, months later, governments continue to act as though it is business as usual. The report has been massively misinterpreted. Media and politicians keep saying “We have 12 years.” This is not true.
Rather than measure our actions in years, we must adjust our level of urgency to measure the time before the window of opportunity on 1.5 degrees is closed forever.
We don’t have years; we have months.
When the IPCC report was issued, we had 144 months. We have now squandered six months. We are down to 138 months. But to achieve such transformative change, decisions must be made very soon. We must make dramatic and bold efforts in the next 12-18 months.
Canada, taking action, must then display leadership in the world, driving other nations to re-double their own efforts. To slash carbon emissions to nearly half of what they were in 2010 and do it by 2030, we must recognize that we are in a climate emergency.
Yet, the other parties in parliament act as though we are in a status quo world.
The NDP seem to grasp that we cannot have new bitumen pipelines, but still supports massive LNG projects of fracked gas – driving up greenhouse gas emissions. The Liberals claim climate leadership, but support pipelines, LNG, new offshore drilling, and have kept the weak Harper target for emission reductions.
They even wasted $4.5 billion buying a leaky, 65-year-old pipeline, while pledging to force through the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion at a cost of up to $13 billion.
For all their much vaunted carbon tax, the Liberals are not on track to meet Harper’s target; itself dangerously off-course from 1.5 degrees. And then there are the Conservatives, split between Andrew Scheer and his Conservative Party and Max Bernier with the People’s Party. Neither of them believe the climate crisis is real.
This October, Canadians will go to the polls. Twelve months after the IPCC’s warning, with 132 months left to cut fossil fuel use in half, Canadian voters can still save the world.
We collectively have a chance to rescue ourselves. We can and must elect strong, responsible and courageous Green members of parliament.
With six parties set to win seats, we could well have a minority parliament. Greens can and will work collaboratively, but we have a bottom line. Survival.
Help me ensure that we send a strong Green team to Ottawa in October – MPs who understand that we can shift to clean and green energy, that we can create millions of jobs installing that energy, retrofitting leaky, wasteful buildings, and do it in the context of an increasingly fair society where equity, justice and reconciliation are front and centre.
But I do need your help.
We can do this. Elizabeth May
(A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
Some regular visitors to Niagara At Large may wonder why we are giving the Green Party a little more attention than a number of people may think it deserves as we count the months down to this coming October’s federal elections in Canada.
Along with the fact that, up to now at least, the Green Party has never gotten a fair shot when it comes to coverage in the mainstream media and a standing in nationally televised election debates, our answer is this.
Climate change is one of the most serious threats we face to life on this planet in the 21st Century
And in the opinion of this reporter, who has covered environmental issues going back to the 1970s and 80s when toxic chemicals posed a major, immediate threat to life in the Great Lakes basin, the Green Party of Canada is curently the only federal party in the country that has consistently communicated an uncompromising, no-hold-barred promise to address the climate crisis NOW.
It is the only federal party that is not aligned or does not appear to be aligned in one way or another with vested interests in the petro-chemical industry or with mulit-billion-dollar pipelines for transporting raw bithuman from Alberta’s tar sands, or with unions that place a few thousand short-term jobs constructing pipelines or in aging oil operations ahead of the future oour planet and all who live on it.
As Green Party Leader Elizabeth May stresses in her message above, we are now down to the wire.
And for the sake of our future and our children’s future, there is no time left for crying for cheap gas, fo science denial, for half-measures and for other delay tactics that only serve to conserve a status quo that is an existential threat to our very future.
As long as the Green Party or any other individual or body takes that position, they will certainly have a platform here for their calls for action and support.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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