Vote for the earth

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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

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