Letter: Local protest for global environment destruction
To the editor:
Re: Old Man Take a Look at Your Facts, Jan. 23 Capital News.
Tom Fletcher appears to be fighting a battle that is fundamentally based on expectations of ‘proof’ concerning evidence that human activity is affecting our environment.
There is a great deal of evidence available regarding the environmental dangers of resource extraction, transportation and refinement. You don’t have to look far—it’s in the news almost every day. The stories come from wherever the industry is active and wherever people are living.
This is not a political issue. It doesn’t matter whether the activities are sanctioned by a Conservative, Liberal or NDP politician. It is simply the obvious truth that extracting and consuming any fossil fuels anywhere on the globe comes at a cost in terms of water quality, ecological transformation/destruction and the viability of human life on the planet.
This is a much larger concern than one pipeline or one active tar sands industry but we have to start somewhere.
Neil Young is drawing attention to something in our own back yard. He’s using his privilege as a public figure to stimulate discussion about something of crucial importance. We all drive cars. That doesn’t mean we can’t express concerns about where we are going.