“The reality is a thermometer is not conservative or liberal and it’s certainly not NDP or Green either. It doesn’t give us a different answer depending on how we vote. The climate system is changing. Humans are responsible. The impacts are increasingly serious and even dangerous, no matter who we vote for or where we fall in the political spectrum.” – Scientist Katherine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Centre at Texas Tech University
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper followed by links to must-hear CBC Radio interview with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe
Posted December 30th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
As we begin the third decade of the 21st Century, we are facing what thousands of scientists around the world are now calling a “climate emergency” that may determine whether, decades from now, there will even be people left to record who among us showed the wisdom and courage to address this existential threat to life on our planet, and who did not.
Now is the time for us to decide which side of history we want to be on and how future generations will remember us.
Will we want to be remembered as someone who cared enough to stand up for the future or as someone who chose to do little or nothing?
Do we want to be remembered among those who continued to claim that climate change is a hoax or that it has little or nothing to do with anything we humans do – even when the weight of scientific evidence that the climate crisis we are already experiencing is largely human induced, and when we are already experiencing a higher frequency of damage and destruction related to violent swings in weather.
Severe climate-related disasters, like the one shown happening to Lake Erie shoreline residents in the CBC report (broadcast this past November 2019) below, are becoming ever more frequent, whether we are talking about destructive floods, winds, fires, droughts and food crop failures, crashes in plant, animal and fish populations, and on and on. To watch the CBC report, click on the arrow in the middle of the screen –
When we look at the costly damage climate change is already doing, and at the very real possibility of the larger-scale destruction that lies ahead, we can no longer afford the lack of serious leadership we are seeing in politicians and consider the lack of serious leadership like Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and in too many others now serving at the federal, provincial and municipal level in Canada, and in other countries around the world.
Starting now, as the clock counts down to January 1st, 2020 and the first year of a decade that may very well be our last chance to take action, we, the people, have to stand together now and force our governments to work with us to do whatever is necessary to avert what could be an ecological and an economic disaster on a scale that could leave us feeling nostalgic for any problems we are facing in our lives on this planet now.
We have run out of time for any more delay tactics or half-measures from the climate deniers and laggards.
A full-out emergency response is our only option because as the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg told world leaders at the United Nations and at a European Union conference over the past year, “our house is burning down” and there is no ‘Planet B’
Now here is the introduction of the Climate Change report featured on CBC Radio’s December 29th’s airing of The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright, followed by a link you can click on to hear the entire radio segment –
The Last Decade Was The Hottest In History, Both In Temperature And In Our Sense of Urgency
The 2010s will go down in history as the earth’s hottest decade on record. But we might also come to remember these years as the decade when many of us around the world finally opened our eyes to the dire reality of climate change.
Katharine Hayhoe has been observing these shifts in our climate, in the public’s mind and in the scientific community for decades. She is a renowned Canadian atmospheric scientist who received the 2019 Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nation’s highest environmental honour. 2010s will go down in history as the earth’s hottest decade on record. But we might also come
Hayhoe is the director of the Climate Science Centre and a professor of political science at Texas Tech University. She spoke with The Sunday Edition’s Michael Enright about how the climate and people’s perception of it have changed over the past decade.
To read more on this CBC Sunday Edition report and to hear the entire radio interview with scientist Katherine Hayhoe, click on –https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-for-december-29-2019-1.5399598/the-last-decade-was-the-hottest-in-history-both-in-temperature-and-in-our-sense-of-urgency-1.5399609
Here is a CBC report, dated December 30th, 2020, highlighting things we can all do to address the climate emergency – https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/climate-change-failure-1.5400663 .
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