Letters to the Editor

Leadership on environment needed

To the editor:

In reference to Adrian Nieoczym’s editorial column in the Dec. 16 issue: Our Children will Read About Leadership in Books.

I am embarrassed by the Conservative government’s efforts to push through a watered down plan to stem climate change. Due to pressure from the U.S., Canada and Japan, a compromise was finally reached whereby nations signed onto a road map that omits specific emission target reductions.

Outlining specific emission target reductions was a central goal of the Bali conference, so the Conservative government has succeeded in stalling the process once more.

Not only is our reputation being tarnished on an international stage, Canada’s stance on the global warming issue with regard to the developing world is discompassionate.

Our wealth and lifestyle is partly due to exploiting the resources and cheap labour force of the developing world.

As well, as one of the worlds leading greenhouse gas emitters, we are partly to blame for this problem. Turning our back on developing nations that are already feeling the effects of global warming is inhumane.

It is obvious that this government is feeling the pressure from powerful lobbyists that represent the interests of this country’s corporate citizens, namely, the very wealthy energy sector. If we want the government to take into account the interests of ordinary citizens, we will have to pressure this government.

It has been shown that writing personal letters is more effective than signing form letters or writing e-mails. Individual political actions can and do make a difference.

If this is an issue you care about, do your civic duty and write the PM, the minister of the environment, and our local representative MP Ron Cannan. Urge the government to commit to the specific target reductions as set out by the IPCC. No postage is necessary if the title “MP” is in the address. The parliamentary address is: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6.

Tina Cote, Kelowna

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