Submitted by Linda Mathers
It is incomprehensible that the Conservative Party of Canada has denied the climate reality with one simple, downed motion. At their convention last week, a majority voted against a motion to declare Climate Change is real and needs action. How did this fact-denying voice raise its ugly head in a mainstream Canadian institution?
Globally there is a massive mobilization at all levels and in all sectors to finally face the urgency of the need for action. Public figures such as Bill Gates and Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, are urging us to choose a path to a renewable future. World leaders are identifying the climate crisis as the number one issue of our time. Financial institutions including Canada’s top five banks are being called out world-wide for their increasing investment in fossil fuels.
In our own communities throughout Muskoka, Parry Sound and Almaguin, we are seeing local organizations such as Climate Action Muskoka taking climate action. Organizations including the Muskoka Steamship and Discovery Centre, Retired Teachers of Ontario, and the Muskoka Conservancy are partnering with others in the community to amplify the need for collaboration on education and action. Local chambers of commerce are sketching out sustainability plans for businesses. Groups are working to protect local biodiversity and citizens are advocating to protect wetlands and trails.
The District of Muskoka has declared a Climate Emergency, developed a corporate climate action plan, and is reaching out to support lower tiers grappling with their path to real action. Municipalities are addressing flooding, extreme weather events and exploring ways to develop their own climate action plans to lead us to a resilient, sustainable low-carbon future. The Muskoka Watershed Council continues to provide leadership with a science-based plan for watershed management in a climate changing future.
We know widely and deeply that climate change is a reality and we must take action. The Conservative Party apparently does not.
There is only one way to take the Conservative party to task and that is at the ballot box. We need climate leadership which means a just, equitable, and green transition to our future. We know now with certainty where we will NOT get that leadership.
Linda Mathers is a retired educator, member of Climate Action Muskoka, and the volunteer coordinator with the Parry Sound Muskoka Green Party of Ontario.
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