Letter from a climate change cynic
After the crippling rage and ensuing cynicism I’ve harboured since Justin Trudeau’s electoral reform betrayal, I didn’t feel anything when I found out that he was planning to buy a $4.5 billion pipeline (NOW, May 17-23).
How silly of me to think that in 2019, I would finally be able to vote for someone who would take our carbon budget seriously, and have it actually count toward something other than a tally of the other conscious voters who also wasted their ballot.
When the PM went to Paris, he made a major commitment to the rest of the world on our behalf.
I am 34 and live in Toronto. A large portion of my meagre paycheque is depleted by riding expensive public transit, buying expensive vegan groceries and renting a tiny, overpriced apartment. But I don’t mind forking over the money because I feel like I am doing my part to help tackle climate change. This month I’ll bring my tent to protest Trans Mountain at Burnaby Mountain, along with some hardearned cash I have set aside to help pay the salaries of those who will arrest and fine me when I get there. Alykhan Pabani