Approximately 4 million people attended the global climate strike on September 20th with an estimated 2 million participating in the second strike on September 27th.
If you don’t know what this is here’s the scoop: lotsa people, mostly students, from around the world have, and continue, to strike from their regularly scheduled activities to call on global leaders to end our addiction to fossil fuels and work to begin an era of renewable energy. Personally I think this is great. Much of the current ruling generation seems unwilling to make any changes necessary to usher this era in. We use the usual excuses of economy, employment, lifestyle, infrastructure, etc., in hopes of maintaining the status quo. I understand I really do.
Nobody likes change. But here’s the thing, we all know that fossil fuels are a non-renewable, finite resource, thus the end of their use will come. Regardless of climate change, or denial of it, we are going to run out. I agree with the strikers when they say we need strong, decisive action on this matter. And I have to ask why not? Honestly what is so bad about cleaning up our acts and living a cleaner, greener life? Seems awfully rude to leave a giant mess for the next generation to clean up. I like to think of it in terms of coffee creamer.
Imagine International Delight has decided to discontinue your favourite flavour, let’s say that’s french vanilla. You rush to the store only to discover they’re already sold out. A
ll you have left is half a bottle in the fridge. What do you do? Should you a) drink all the french vanilla you have left and then spend the next while lamenting the fact it’s gone forever or, b) start looking for a different brand, or flavour, while rationing what’s left? Most of us would lean towards option b. That’s what Canada, and the global community, should be doing in regards to fossil fuels.
Let’s start rationing our use while implementing renewables, effectively transitioning our economy, employment, lifestyles, and infrastructure to the new energies while attempting to mitigate any discomforts doing so may cause. According to some estimates we will run out of oil in 53 years and natural gas in 54 years, which is probably the same time my bottle of International Delight that’s still in the fridge will expire.
Wouldn’t it be wise if I had a bottle of Coffee Mate in there as well?