The sun feels luscious and warm today, that low angle of the sun cuts the intensity and gives me the same kind of feeling waking up on late on Sunday morning in a pile of warm pillows does. But walking into the shade under the giant maple, that feeling disappears quickly and it feels cool the second the sun no longer makes contact with my skin. Kicking through a layer of crispy orange leaves,the slightly resinous, sweet-sour scent of fall fills my nostrils suddenly and I breathe deeply, hair falling back as I tip my face up to a sky so blue it hurts my eyes …
It’s a heady, sensory bounty…the wine like fragrance of dripping blackberries fermenting on the vine, mingles with the earthy umami scent of a constellation of mushrooms that popped up across the lawn. The trees shed their chlorophyll laden green hues to reveal the true colours they kept hidden all year in a riotous display of reds,yellows and orange….I love it, and spend as much time outside as I can. Winter is coming.
I wonder what else autumn has in store for us, deep into this election season. The leaves aren’t the only thing showing their true colours this fall. In the lead up to and through the incredible climate strikes of last Friday, I’ve seen masks fall among some who I thought were progressive. I have seen grown men and women attack Greta Thunberg, the youth and anyone else marching with spitting vitriol. And I have watched how Canadian politicians reacted to the hundreds of thousands of people marching across Canada.
Some were excited.
More were concerned. And I’m certain even more felt fear.
There is nothing more disconcerting to any political party right now than an angry, motivated electorate realizing we all need to change… particularly if they stay motivated. This is why Justin Trudeau suddenly started spewing promises like they are going to plant a billion trees…
Oh puhlease. Dude, you bought a pipeline. Sit down.
It was because of how Horgan defended LNG that led me to post this on facebook Friday, after the climate march photos started coming in. And because it really gets to the heart of the issue, I’m reposting it here:
“I cant help but wonder what John Horgan is thinking today, seeing the massive show of climate strikers across the country, right as the UBCM passed resolutions to ask the federal and provincial governments to stop subsidizing fossil fuels.
Because Premier John Horgan once made a statement – in the midst of the fires that followed the floods of 2018 – that left me wondering how great of a priority he thinks climate change really is.
In a press conference, Horgan stated how concerned he was…..and during the scrum a reporter asked Horgan a very compelling question.
His answer was stunning, for all the wrong reasons.
” From flood to fire to flood and then again to fire,” he said. “And we have had two states of emergency. That’s unprecedented.”
“That speaks to the changing environment we live in and the ravages of climate change.”
When asked how the province can justify supporting a proposed LNG energy project and simultaneously try to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Horgan said B.C. is just 4.5 million people sharing a planet with seven billion others.
“We have to be realistic about what our impacts would be,” he said. “
That one statement stayed with me. I’ve written about it a few times because that is not the attitude needed to combat climate change.
That is a big part of the attitude that got us to where we are now and perhaps explains so much of why the BC NDP abandoned so many of their old plans for solar and wind expansion, and carried on with site c.
We hear Horgan praise the youth, say we have to put aside our differences and make solutions, all while actively pushing gas well expansion he knows is in opposition to his placating words. He speaks of wealth for British Columbians, but whose wealth is he referring to exactly? The corporations laughing as they use their royalty credits?
Worse yet, against the NDP’s own report which says independent science cant even confirm that fracking is safe for the environment...( forget humans, the NDP exempted the review from examining any impact on human health.)
Keep up sustained efforts to make change my friends. Because it’s a problem when the politicians who got us into this mess, suddenly start pretending they are going to give us solutions to the problems they created when trying to get elected again.
The Union of BC Municipalities resolution to push our provincial and federal governments to stop the subsidies to fossil fuel companies will have lasting power here in BC, with a provincial election in 2 years.
The timing is excellent. Nothing worries politicians trying to get elected more than an engaged, protesting public…I don’t see this movement dwindling. But what will Horgan do? Will he listen to the UBCM? Will he stop the massive subsidies to gas producers?
Of course he won’t. Nor will Trudeau. Or Scheer.
In BC, lng & natural gas subsidies are so massive that we lose billions in revenue to the province because of the credits used by resource corporations. If they are going to let them take our resources, they should at least make them pay for it and put the funds toward climate mitigation efforts.
We also hear tremendous whining from pro oil and gas supporters about tax credits and grants for green energy, for EV’s etc. “Corporate welfare” they cry….” If it’s so great why do they give incentives to get people to do it?”
But those same naysayers turn around and quickly justify the subsidies and tax credits given to gas and oil producers as a necessity to doing business in BC to be competitive in a market with a glut of LNG flowing from everywhere but here.
The changes the ndp made since coming into power, now means almost 99% of gas producers qualify for credits they really don’t deserve or need.
There is a better way. Don’t buy their greenwash that LNG will help China get off coal…China is very busy funding and selling their coal power plants to developing countries eager for cheap power. They have signed deals and have access to more than enough LNG.
Its time to turn the tables and change the way this game is played my friends.
Push for better. “
There really isn’t much more to say. A recent release from the BC govt shows our emissions have only dropped less than 1 % between 2007 and 2017. That’s not feeling good when I see the government urging us all to change while making allowances for industry to continue.
We have a long way to go in a society consumed with consumerism, wealth and privilege on one side, with a growing gap as poverty creeps up into a middle class treading water in an increasingly unaffordable province.
Greta Thunberg is right. Change is coming whether you like it or not. Even the most right wing oil workers can see something needs to be done.They too want the best future for their children. And so do we all.
The hostility comes from fear of the unknown, fear of losing jobs, fear of not being able to feed their families… and these are fears we all have regardless. The attacks come from a fear that Greta, in all her stark,unwavering honesty, will motivate people to change their habits, and motivate people to demand more from the politicians they elected.
Meanwhile the sun is still shining here onto my table. Trudeau and friends are still telling voters we can have a pipeline and LNG and planting a billion trees will make up for it, Scheer is planning an energy corridor across Canada and Horgan insists we can have our LNG cake and eat it too…
Me? I’ll leave you with this, which applies to life sometimes, to love more often than we care to admit, and to election promises too….😉