Friday, October 16, 2009

Climate Change

Today is Blog Action Day. This year's topic is climate change.

It's real. It's happening.

In December, the world's leader will convene in Copenhagen to discuss how to follow up on the Kyoto Accord. No one can really predict how things will go, but one thing is sure: climate change is real, and so far, very little has been done.

There is a glimmer of hope: the U.S. finally has a president who agrees with the facts. So maybe, this time, more countries will ratify Kyoto's follow up. And perhaps, real action will occur. But everything is up in the air. For one thing, the current Canadian government has regressed and doesn't seem to see the urgency of the issue. Granted, Canada is a small player on the world stage, but it is with great embarrassment that I look on what is happening in Ottawa. While diplomats and politicos were debating in NYC on the last day of the UN's general assembly, our Prime Minister thought it more important to make a showing at a Tim Horton's.

Seriously. It's shameful.

Who knows what the governments will come up with in December. Will it be too little too late? No one knows. But one thing is certain, we can't wait for everyone else to pull their heads out of the sand: we must all do our part, no matter how small. Be it recycling more and better; reducing excessive consumption of goods and energy; eating more foods that are produced in a responsible manner; picking up litter; changing light bulbs... the list goes on.

I, for one, will continue tending to my organic garden until the frost kills off everything. I will compost despite the sleet and snow. I will buy locally produced foods whenever possible. I will do my part, and hope you will too.

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