Canada is so far behind many countriesSubmitted By: MARY ANN SHANNON December 23, 2016
The following is a quote which says it all:
The most startling statements come from the heads of the bastions of economic orthodoxy: the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF and a former finance minister in the conservative government of Nicolas Sarkozy, pointed to critical pivot points for the economic future.
Her final pivot: “Increasing vulnerability from resource scarcity and climate change, with the potential for major social and economic disruption: This is the real wild card in the pack.”
She went on to call climate change “the greatest economic challenge of the 21st century.” This from the head of the IMF.
Ms. Lagarde concluded with a call for a new kind of economic growth. “So we need growth, but we also need green growth that respects environmental sustainability. Good ecology is good economics. This is one reason why getting carbon pricing right and removing fossil fuel subsidies are so important.”
In response to a question from the audience, she said: “Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled.”
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, went so far as to insist that climate change be at the top of the Davos agenda, along with finance and growth, “because global warming imperils all of the development gains we have made.”
The only new projects must be green and renewable energy projects – no new unconventional hydrocarbon projects – if we love our children and future generations. The time for sacrifice is now and the longer we wait, the more people will die due to our excessive lifestyle.
Neoliberalism greed has replaced logic and a willingness to be realistic with climate denial, which is now considered to be a mental illness.
We need a human rights based approach to climate policy that states any federal policy that worsens global warming must be rejected.
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