Finding solutions to climate change
When I was a very young lad there were two things that kept me on track and follow the standards my parents and school set for me.
In school, at the tender age of five, I, along with my friend Gord, dumped a basket of horse chestnuts on the teacher while she was playing the national anthem. In the principal’s office I was shown the strap. I never went back. Dad kept a long strap hanging in the stairway to the basement. Didn’t know what it was for but took no chances.
Where am I going with this story? Well it reminds me of the political process not only here in Canada but throughout the world. The strap we have today to keep politicians in line is the power to vote. It is a crime that nearly more than half of Canadians do not vote during the election process locally, provincially and federally
Climate change is here and the evidence is all around us. One of the most dramatic instances is the fact that the northern and and southern ice caps are melting at an alarming rate.
Excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is one of the major reasons for our climate gradually warming.
Carbon tax is being bandied around by many nations when the answer is staring them in the face. Canada is a carbon neutral country. We are lucky to have a major part of the country covered with forests. Last count I could find is 990-million acres of forest. These forests, along with our marshes, grassland, absorb four times the amount of carbon that Canada produces. To me that would make a carbon tax here in Canada just another government tax grab.
Russia, the Congo, Brazil and many other countries have the luxury to be covered with forests, marshes and grass lands. Would it not make a lot of sense to use these examples to show the rest of the world that forest, grass land and marshes should be protected from destruction by money hungry corporations?
We can do more to reduce our emissions and keep the pressure on others to do the same. The technology is advancing so quickly in the area of alternative forms of producing electricity. Two young university students in the U.S. have been given a grant to pursue their alternate source for producing electricity. It is an object the size of a soccer ball that catches wind from all directions, produces electricity and can be mounted on the balconies of apartments and highrises to catch the wind as it swirls among the buildings. It is just a matter of time before this simple, inexpensive invention will be on the market. There are many more in the works but the world has to wake up the the fact that things must change.
As I write this there are over 6,000 coal burning plants (in production or being built) around the world.
Canada has an opportunity to show the rest of the world what can be done. Protect our forests, grassland and marshes, plant trees on a regular basis, and find practical alternatives to fossil fuels. I have a great deal of faith in Canada’s youth to find solutions that can be shared around the world.
Remember the vote (strap), just in case our governments need a little reminder to get an action plan in place.