Lit­tle mean­ing­ful progress

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

Since the 1990s, I’ve had some un­der­stand­ing that our GHG emis­sions would im­pact our cli­mate, and by ex­ten­sion, our fu­ture well-be­ing and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity. Although this was a per­sonal con­cern, I had as­sumed that our Cana­dian gov­ern­ment would strive to pro­tect our fu­ture way of life. Ap­par­ently not.

De­spite fan­fare over the years about com­mit­ting to four in­ter­na­tional ac­cords on emis­sions, Canada has made lit­tle mean­ing­ful progress. The prac­tice of sign­ing cli­mate agree­ments with­out tak­ing sub­stan­tive ac­tions ren­ders the ac­cords’ ob­jec­tives un­reach­able, while cre­at­ing enough of a smoke­screen to soothe the publics’ con­cerns that gov­ern­ment is do­ing too lit­tle.

Since most of us con­tinue to be fo­cussed on per­sonal day-to-day chal­lenges, we need to be con­fi­dent that our gov­ern­ments are car­ry­ing out their stew­ard­ship func­tion ef­fec­tively. Fol­low­ing the En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sioner’s rec­om­men­da­tions about as­set man­age­ment cli­mate risk as­sess­ment, and emis­sion-re­duc­tion per­for­mance re­port­ing for in­vest­ment pro­grams would be a wel­come start. Greg Beal Ilder­ton

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