Bridge edi­to­rial was in­sult­ing

Re: “Ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity,” edi­to­rial, Dec. 5.

Times Colonist - - Comment - Ro­bie Lis­comb Saanich

I found the edi­to­rial about Mon­day’s civil dis­obe­di­ence ac­tion on the Johnson Street Bridge in­sult­ing and pa­tron­iz­ing.

The edi­to­rial agrees that: “Cli­mate change is the most im­por­tant is­sue of our age,” and that: “Gov­ern­ments are mov­ing too slowly.” Then it condemns and de­means con­cerned cit­i­zens for their tac­tics, yet of­fers no bet­ter al­ter­na­tives.

I do ac­knowl­edge and sup­port the im­plied sug­ges­tion of tar­get­ing fu­ture ac­tions at the “nerve cen­tres of Cana­dian cli­mate pol­icy.” And I urge all who take of­fence at such tac­tics as traf­fic block­ing to pro­pose more ef­fec­tive means of forc­ing our representatives to act with the ur­gency that the cli­mate cri­sis de­mands.

I sug­gest sup­port­ing the Unist’ot’en fight­ing the LNG Canada pipe­line, and the Secwepemc Tiny House War­riors fight­ing the Trans Moun­tain ex­pan­sion. One can also move one’s sav­ings from banks that fund fos­sil-fuel projects and into credit unions.

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