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Why politicians do not fight climate change - Walkom

The following provocative article appeared in The Star. It suggests that Canadians are responsible for the fact that our politicians do not act to mitigate climate change. Even though we say we are very concerned, if asked whether the average household should pay $100 more per year, only 50% said they would.

In the end, voters don't care enough about global warming. That's why the Lima climate-change conference was a flop.

Climate change is the issue that Canadians refuse to address.

We talk about it.

Revised chart for the target emissions of US and Canada

Some time ago I posted a chart which indicated what Canada's targets would be if we followed the US (as promised by Stephen Harper.)

It has since been suggested that the chart would be more useful if it was projected to 2025 (the same as Obama pledged) and also included the IPCC targets of between 25% and 40% below 1990 by 2020 (projected to 2025.)

What you can do about climate change

Global Warming! it's out of control! ...

I recently was sent a link to this cartoon which I think is worth sharing with our readers.

Source: First Dog on the Moon

What would our 2020 target be if we adopted the new US target?

After Barack Obama announced the new US target, I began to wonder what the impact on Canada’s targets would be if we used the new US target of 26% below 2005 by 2025.  I revised a chart I originally created in 2013.

John Oliver on scientific balance

John Oliver uses comedy to make an essential point about scientific balance: http://youtu.be/r1ywB8132jc

Do you suffer from the Curse of Knowledge?

Do you get frustrated by how difficult it seems to convince your friends, family and acquaintances to accept and take action on the threats posed by climate change? I sure do.
 
A while ago I was discussing this with a friend who mentioned the book “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die”* and I remembered that it was in my library.  So I gave it another look and here are some ideas that might be of use to better communicate the dangers we must all face.
 
From the back cover …
 

IMF recommends revenue neutral carbon pricing

On July 31, the IMF made a major announcement of their just published book on energy pricing and taxes. I was amazed at how strongly they came out in favour of revenue neutral carbon taxes.

For The Love Of ... effective messaging

Recently I listened to a Webinar by UK based The Climate Coalition on their new campaign "For the love of xxx let's do something about climate change" where xxx would be something that people are passionate about. For me, it would be something like "For the love of monarch butterflies, let's do something about climate change".

TEA Actions on Climate Change

Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) sent this information to TCAN regarding TEA's actions at the City.

1. TEA released its Green Action Agenda last Thursday with a section on severe weather and climate change. This Agenda will be used to develop survey questions for candidates running in the upcoming municipal election.

Climate Change Accountability Act revisited

I recently discovered that on June 15 2011 (yes ... 2011 ... not a typo), Megan Leslie, NDP MP, tabled Private Members Bill, Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-224) previously tabled by Bruce Hyer as C-311 (and before that by Jack Layton as C-377.) I was appalled that I had not previously been aware of this Bill.

Further investigation revealed that in Jun 16, 2014, Matthew Kellway introduced a Private Members Bill (Bill C-619) which replaces Bill C-224.

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