Climate Change: time running out

On Sept. 20, I joined with about 99 other people in Oceanside to make a statement about climate change.

On Sept. 20, I joined with about 99 other people in Oceanside to make a statement about climate change. I was in good company, but I had hoped for more of my fellow citizens to help make our point.

Either the word about the New York march that day for climate change didn’t reach all the way to Oceanside, or folks here haven’t got the message.

Perhaps that might change if we heeded the words of the executive director of the International Energy Agency: He declared a few months ago that by 2017, “The energy-related infrastructure then in place will generate all the CO2 emissions allowed… leaving no room for additional power plants, factories and other infrastructure unless they are zero-carbon…”

After that, we will be irrevocably committed to the magic two degrees C. that will lock us into global destruction.

I hope folks will note the turn-around date of 2017 is two years after we elect a new federal government and one year after the U.S. chooses its next president.

(And Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t even show up to talk about that deadly matter.)

It seems to me we have just about run out of time.

John Olsen


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