With the Copenhagen conference on climate change just a couple of months away, and with Canada’s Conservative government continuing to exhibit a lack of interest (or an active interest in inaction) in leading the way on this crucial global issue, i thought it meet to let my Member of Parliament know that at least one of his constituents is (a) paying attention, and (b) deeply, deeply concerned.
Anybody with kids in their life — not just your own, but any kids: nieces, friends with kids, newspaper delivery boys — has got to be incredibly concerned at the world that is fast shaping up to be their legacy from us. Crop failures, hunger on an unimaginable scale, food/water/territory wars, enormous desperate migrations … these almost certainly await the aforementioned kids if we, their guardians, do not take deep and collective action now.
“Action” … that would be the problem, eh? What’s a body to do? Well, the Michael Moore film i saw last night (Capitalism, a Love Story) reminded me that as democracy-dwellers one of the primary things to do is to vote for the world we want, and then to let our elected representatives know that we want them to do the right things.
It’s easy to be cynical. It’s easy to not be bothered. But it’s almost as easy to write a letter. It doesn’t have to be a work of art, it just has to be from the heart. And then sent off.
I’ll be corresponding with my good friend Prime Minister Stephen Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org) quite a bit in coming weeks, and i hope you will too. In the meantime, here’s a letter (with added links) i just emailed to my MP, Dr. James Lunney.
Dear MP Lunney, (email@example.com)
With the Copenhagen global conference on climate change coming up fast, I have been doing some background reading on what Canada’s Conservative government has been doing about this hugely important issue.
What you have been doing, it seems, is mostly foot dragging. I read about the “intensity-based” cap-and-trade plan that will likely do nothing to reduce overall emissions. I read about short shrift being paid to international conferences, in favour of photo-ops. I read about weak “commitments” and easy finger-pointing. What I am NOT reading about is real, vigorous action and true leadership in the face of a global crisis.
I realize you, as an MP, are compromised in your influence on the most closed PM’s office in recent history. I realize the Mr. Harper himself is compromised by his ties with the oil and gas industry in his home province. But the last time I checked, Canada was still a democracy that, in theory, is run by and for the people.
So I just wanted you to know that this person considers climate change the MOST IMPORTANT ITEM on the national agenda — indeed, the world agenda — and as a citizen and your constituent I am writing to demand MEANINGFUL ACTION on true and swift reduction of carbon emissions.
To make your job easier, please be informed that I am willing to pay significant tax increases and take a significant hit to my personal standard of living, in order to keep the world of my children and grandchildren from turning into the living hell that many new scientific predictions are indicating may be unfolding.
Please take my concerns to heart, and forward them to your (and my) leader.
~Greg Blanchette, Tofino, BC