‘Destroying our environment, damaging our homes, risking our lives and those of our children and grandchildren because of wilful neglect to address climate change cannot be allowed.’
A Commentary by Brigitte Bonner, a long-time environmental advocate living in Fort Erie, Ontario
Posted February 4th, 2020 in Niagara At Large
I am totally appalled by the lack of action by politicians on climate change.
Even more sickening is the active ways that many of them are promoting policies that directly cause climate destruction. This needs to stop now!
The raging fires that are causing up to a billion animal deaths in Australia are one example.
Cruelty to animals is against the law. So why is this massacre not being punished?
These fires are potentially wiping out thousands of species and entire ecosystems. Not to mention the devastation to humans because of politicians’ neglect to protect the environment and purposely promoting destructive environmental policies.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, is only one example.
President Bolsonaro in Brazil is actively promoting deforestation of the Amazon Rain Forest, leading to devastating and unprecedented fires.
In Ontario, the premier, Doug Ford, is loosening development rules and tearing down wind farms.
Mayor Diodati of Niagara Falls is working hard with developers to urbanize lands in the sprawling Thundering Waters Forests, which plays host to valuable wetlands that can prevent environmental disaster in the future.
Politicians in Fort Erie are eliminating wildlife corridors and allowing the destruction of Waverly Woods. The list goes on and on.
These politicians have been elected by us.
They are responsible to us – the citizens they represent. They should be doing the best for us.
Destroying our environment, damaging our homes, risking our lives and those of our children and grandchildren because of wilful neglect to address climate change cannot be allowed.
These politicians should be held criminally responsible for the destruction and loss of lives, both human and nonhuman, that their actions are causing.
These politicians need to remember that they are representing us, not the corporations and developers who don’t want to acknowledge climate change because it will hurt their bottom line.
Living in a safe environment, with a healthy ecosystem is our human right. Politicians who try to take away this human right should be criminally charged for their deadly actions.
Brigitte Bonner is a Fort Erie, Ontario resident and long-time environmental advocate and member of the Bert Miller Nature Club, who was instrumental in the campaign two decades ago to save Marcy’s Woods. She was also chair of Development Without Destruction, a citizens group that encouraged environmentally friendly development in Fort Erie, and a former member of the Town of Fort Erie Environmental Advisory Committee.
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