Letters to the editor – October 10, 2019

Telling it like it is on climate change

Re: Climate action takes on religious undertones, column by Kevin Hursh (WP, Sept. 26).

Many thanks for this article. What a breath of fresh air that is. You describe your perceptions in an excellent, forthright and compelling manner.

I have just one point to make on this. While Canada’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions may be negligible, it is still a better approach to curtail whatever would contribute to that effect, don’t you think?

Yet it is still questionable as to what those things actually are, given the variety of bad science the public is exposed to these days.

You’re quite right that many activists want governments to “solve the issue without affecting how people live, work and play.” Perhaps in another related article you could outline the obsession so many have with oversized, over-stuffed houses, more cars than they can drive and debt unlimited for all aspects of their modern lives.

Walking the talk is so rare these days that when I meet someone who does I am frankly amazed.

Keep up the good work of writing it like it is, Kevin. 

Candy Watson

Calgary, Alta.

We must act on climate change

As I sit with pen and paper in a steady rain of over three inches, I pray for my farming neighbours. There is still a lot of crop in the field. Even my own garden will require some pretty muddy boots for harvest.

Our provincial maritime relatives were still digging out from yet another unusually strong storm that is testing the conviction of even the most radical of climate change deniers.

Meanwhile, we have kicked into an election cycle where climate change has finally taken its rightful place as a major voting issue.

On the one side are the deniers, championed by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, supported by his exclusive deep-pocketed handlers who couldn’t give a hoot about global warming and its subsequent environmental catastrophes as long as it didn’t seriously interrupt their easy cash flow. Their stated policy is to cancel any meagre carbon tax attempt to trip up their fanatical dance toward the environmental crater of no return. And we all, by default, accompany them into the abyss.

The Liberals at least outwardly recognize that climate change is real and that human activity is a major contributor. Whether the Liberals’ corporate handlers will actually allow Justin Trudeau to use carbon tax revenues to take combating global warming seriously is still, and will remain, a pessimistic debate, considering his lacklustre efforts to fulfil past elections promises.

The NDP, which has greater heart and compassion than either of these two stagnant and mouldering old parties, are in disarray with the chances of them regaining past glories distinctly diminished.

Only the Greens take the peer-reviewed scientific studies seriously, that clearly predicted the rapidly encroaching climate catastrophe. Their motivation is not in the hoarding of wealth or the self gratification of political power, but prioritizes a sustainable environmental and economic future for life on Earth.

The time to act is now. It is time to panic as if your own house was on fire. We have to change direction and you can’t expect corporate controlled parties to do that.

Greg Chatterson

Fort San, Sask.

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