It seems R. L. Stevenson’s Requiem is appropriate for Canada’s environment and climate change minister. He has left Glasgow. Steven Guilbeault’s primary task for Canada was not to produce a glass half-full. If anything, the glass was upside down. The COP26 conference was a COP-out. Bringing all those do-gooders together, caused more pollution than it prevented. The world continues its downhill slide to the seas.
Minister Guilbeault should take a trip to British Columbia and see the realities of climate change. Our beautiful west coast is a disaster area. The waters are winning. People are worried about their next meal. People are dying. Roads are impassable. The people of B.C. are facing the most serious climate disaster in the history of the province.
And the reality is that there is much more trouble to come.
If Canada keeps shipping coal to help destroy the environment, we are losers. If the Trudeau government completes that damnable TransMountain bitumen pipeline, we are losers. If we continue to condone the increased use of natural gas, we are the biggest fools of all. We continue to condemn our world to die.
Was Guilbeault there to hear the COP26 chair apologize to the world for the failure of the conference? Did he recognize the changes that had been made in the meaningless closing communique of the conference?
Does greed surpass grief? Is the money from what we get when we dig in the earth that important to us? Do we have to protect the wealth of a few, just to the see our world die? Who wants to be the richest person in Hell?
What comes as a surprise is that Canada’s right-wing media such as the Toronto Sun, forecast nothing but bad news from Guilbeault. They see him as a danger to Canada’s economic development as a radical environmentalist.
But then, anyone who might be concerned about our world’s fate can be a raving radical as far as the Toronto Sun is concerned.
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