Politicians Promoting Policies Contributing to Climate Destruction Should be Criminally Charged

‘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.

A kangaroo attempting to flee from the fires engulfing Australia

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.

Koala bears, suffering from burns they received in the wildfires of Australia. There are estimates that more than a billion animals have perished in these fires, fueled by climate change

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.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is continuing to spend millions of our tax dollars fighting the federal government’s effort to put a price on climate changing carbon pollution in the courts

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.

Two Niaara, Ontario residents – members of a growing climate action movement in this region – make a statement at a recent public meeting over a controversial development plan for Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls

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.

Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodiati, front row and second from right, with then Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, in the fall of 2015 in Beijing, China, signing a “memorandum of understanding” with a  China investment corporation, to carry out an urban development project inside Niagara Falls’ sprawling Thundering Waters Forest. The forested area hosts provincially significant  wetlands that are part and parcel of our bi-national Niagara River watershed. Citizen groups in Niagara are fighting to stop Diodati and others from moving forward with development at this location.

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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2 responses to “Politicians Promoting Policies Contributing to Climate Destruction Should be Criminally Charged

  1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could so easily scapegoat our politicians? Unfortunately, they were all democratically elected. To paraphrase Shakespeare: The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in them, but in ourselves, that we are apparently incapable of putting two and two together to get four. We don’t care enough about the earth and the wellbeing of future generations to change our politics so that government works for US. At best, we put our faith in liars and hypocrites. At worst, we deny reality altogether. We get the government we deserve, they say. And lack of action on climate change by those governments imperils all our futures.


  2. These cuts to regulations that keep us safe are CRIMINAL!!!


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