Vote for the earth
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent landmark 1.5ºC report was explicit: We need to stop expanding fossil fuel use, strengthen our climate targets and take rapid strides to build a 100 percent renewable energy economy that works for everyone. It said that governments and citizens of the world must act immediately and decisively to limit the catastrophic effects of climate change that we’re hurtling towards. In Nova Scotia, this means saying NO! to BP’s deepwater drilling (“City council refuses to voice offshore drilling opposition,” Reality Bites story by Jacob Boon, posted October 17 at thecoast.ca).
On Tuesday, October 16, HRM councillor Richard Zurawski properly demonstrated the responsibility of an elected official by asking Halifax council to support a non-binding resolution in opposition to BP’s offshore drilling and oil exploration. Similar stands against BP drilling have been passed by other Nova Scotia municipalities, including Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Sadly, Halifax council defeated the motion on a 10-6 vote.
Those six councillors who voted yes to this resolution understand the urgent necessity of protection for the living environment. They are councillors Shawn Cleary, Lisa Blackburn, Stephen Adams, Waye Mason, Lindell Smith and Zurawski.
—Richard Peisinger, via email
Contrary to the view that offshore issues are not “our jurisdiction,” as councillor David Hendsbee is quoted in the story, both oil exploration and offshore drilling are matters that the city should be concerned about. Exploration and drilling mean money and jobs to the city, while the drilling could be more dangerous if a spill happens. —posted at thecoast. ca by Philip Turnbull
In the wake of the IPCC report, I beseech you to do anything you can to make people understand how dire the situation is. It is up to the media to let its readers and listeners know what is happening in the world in which we live. Please consider your responsibility to people in your audience. Thank you for your kind attention to a situation that will impact you, me and everyone else under 85 years of age. —Frank Martens, via email
Those councillors who voted against Zurawki’s motion are human garbage bags.— post
ed by Kakera