When Canada pulled out of the Kyoto Accord at the Durban Conference on Climate Change, Orca Book Publishers figured our politicians needed some educating on the realities of climate change. So the company sent copies of “Generation Us – The Challenge of Global Warming” to all 308 Members of Parliament.
Orca’s publisher, Andrew Woolridge, said in the company’s press release:
We’re concerned that too many of our politicians see climate change as a political problem, not the threat that it is to the very survival of future generations. Hopefully the book will provide a more complete analysis of the problem for at least some of our elected representatives.
“Generation Us” was written by University of Victoria professor Andrew Weaver, whose credentials are impeccable. The renowned climatologist is Canada Research Chair in climate modeling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, team member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and author of “Keeping Cool: Canada in a Warming World.”
What’s more, Dr. Andrew knows how to write for a lay audience. Geared to a senior high audience, “Generation Us” is short and clear. Even busy MPs should be able to find time for boning up on one of the most critical issues facing the world.
But will they? Party loyalty trumps the fate of the planet when Conservatives vote, and their leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is not known for his willingness to take action on climate change. In fact, some of his newly-appointed senators are gaining courage from the government’s attacks on environmentalists (see Harper Government’s War on Environmentalists). The climate change deniers are coming out with statements such as this one from Senator Green Raine:
There are many different points of view and different kinds of research happening out there. One of the things that I am starting to see now is quite a few studies showing that we may be heading into a period of global cooling, which would maybe be a lot more problematic for Canada than global warming. Our country is on the cool side.
As soon as the Harper government came into power, they eliminated funding for Climate Action Network Canada. For 2012 they have announced more than 200 million dollars in cuts to agencies charged with environmental research and monitoring. Their frugality stops, however, when it comes to the 60 billion dollars they plan to spend on military jets and war ships.
So they may need political pressure from people like the Care2 community. Urge Canada’s MPs to read a book that could open their eyes to the dangers of inaction.
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