Statement – Climate Change

On Monday, December 10th, 2012 in Statements, Videos
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Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, we are on a collision course to global disaster with a dangerous disconnect between the political timetable and what science is warning us is a rapidly closing window to avoid runaway global warming. Scientists warn us that everything is speeding up from what they anticipated. Arctic ice is melting faster, permafrost is melting and sea levels are rising. At the same time, we are watching the glaciers in retreat while fires and droughts are on the rise.

In Copenhagen, and again just last week in Doha, Canada committed to a process that will not take legal force until 2020. However, science warns us that if we do not ensure that greenhouse gas levels stop rising and begin to fall by 2015, not just here in Canada but also globally, it will be too late to take action.

The time is now to move from rhetoric to action and recommit to Kyoto, which in five days we will have legally exited.

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  • Guest

    Thank you again, Elizabeth. I look forward to these frequent reports and recorded statements at this time twighlight for humankind on earth (twighlight has its beauty too).

    A thought for the day:

    Thought for the day:

    “The privilege to be here, on this life-giving planet at this astonishing time in human history, is sufficient to inspire awe in the most uncaring of individuals. At this late juncture in the age of industry, at the dawn of our day on Earth, we still have love: love for each other, love for our children and grandchildren, love for nature. One could argue it is all we have left.

    Those who pull the levers in this life-destroying culture care about power to a far greater extent than they care about love. This culture will not know peace. It is much too late for love to extend our run as a culture or a species…but love surely offers redemption to individual humans.

    Will we, as individuals, know peace? That’s up to us. I suggest most of us will know peace only when we find ourselves lying helpless in the broken arms of our doomed Earth.”–Guy McPherson

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=735892701 Terence Stone

    Thank you again, Elizabeth. I look forward to these frequent reports and recorded statements at this time twighlight for humankind on earth (twighlight has its beauty too).

    A thought for the day:

    “The privilege to be here, on this life-giving planet at this astonishing time in human history, is sufficient to inspire awe in the most uncaring of individuals. At this late juncture in the age of industry, at the dawn of our day on Earth, we still have love: love for each other, love for our children and grandchildren, love for nature. One could argue it is all we have left.

    Those who pull the levers in this life-destroying culture care about power to a far greater extent than they care about love. This culture will not know peace. It is much too late for love to extend our run as a culture or a species…but love surely offers redemption to individual humans.

    Will we, as individuals, know peace? That’s up to us. I suggest most of us will know peace only when we find ourselves lying helpless in the broken arms of our doomed Earth.”–Guy McPherson

  • John Grogan

    Thank you Elizabeth for speaking truth to power.

    Video is a powerful tool for distributing these messages.

  • http://twitter.com/pmagn pmagn

    Well done … Keep at it.

  • http://twitter.com/pmagn pmagn

    Is there no way we can get a comment from Harper, our prime minister, on GW and GHG emissions. Isn’t that what our parliament is for. I dont understand exactly why Harper is not acting on GW? Is it because he does not believe the science? I find that difficult to believe. Or is it that his religious context allows him to ignore the perils due to all that complex ‘God wont let it happen’ thing. Lets get a debate here…

  • Michael

    Thank God we have your voice in Parliament

  • maruggles

    Keep up the good work Elizabeth and be not discouraged…we are with you on this!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/farrell.boyce.1 Farrell Boyce

    You could argue that we’re in a situation similar to that of a person caught in the wreckage of a self-engineered building collapse and forced to contemplate the self-amputation of an arm or leg in order to escape. But that analogy does not include the wickedness of failure to confront the problem. Farrell Boyce, North Saanich BC

  • Jr Tokin

    Once again, thank you Ms. May.
    Strangely silent in government is the support for the environment (the air we breathe, the land that feeds us, the water that gives us life) in this new regime. Forgotten are the requests.. now demands to our government, that want things done properly.

    Oil extraction processes that won’t contaminate our water-tables, ceasing hack and slash process within our forestry industry and put the focus back on replanting every tree cut down.. the ratio should be 10 trees planted for every old growth taken.

    Things ARE sustainable when stewarded properly, but both the CONs and LIEbs are unfit for the task. They focus on short-term gains for their lobbyists WHO DO NOT REPRESENT THE REST OF SOCIETY, in fact, the communists would not be welcome as trading partners, PERIOD. Let those CEO’s wrap their tiny oil-soaked brains around that.

    Putting focus back on community and people here, on CANADIANS NOT COMMUNISTS.
    When our … ahem… Democratic government is more concerned with the Chinese Communist Party making a buck, methinks that they are no longer fit for governing here. They should go join the party in China. They sure are spending lots of time there anyways. And, wouldn’t you think people who say they have Canada’s interest at heart have the situation where China would be working for Canada, not the other way around as OUR OWN POLITICIANS have devised.
    We need our government listening to the people, not deciding FOR the people what is the individual or tiny group thinks is best for everyone else living on this chunk of earth.

  • wayne fisher

    Thank God someone in politics has a brain! The writing is on the wall, but no one seems to see it, especially Harper. The economy isn’t going to be worth a damn if there isn’t a planet left or there is so much damage to it that it can’t recover and we are all doomed. Isn’t it great what we are leaving the next generation!

  • Dwayne

    What evidence do you provide to back up your own rhetoric re warnings from scientists? Climategate conclusively revealed outright lying on the part of many scientists. Who do YOU believe?

    • http://www.facebook.com/darin.bicknell Darin M. Bicknell

      What MORE evidence do you need? Are climate scientists not enough?

      • Valewood

        Climate scientists who have been caught lying about the data? Not sure I’d hang my hat on that one. I believe climate change is happening, but it’s cyclical. Running around like Chicken Little’s with all this fearmongering isn’t going to change anything.
        Instead of wasting all this time and energy and money on something we have no control over, why not spend it on ways to adapt. That would be far more productive.

        • save Canada

          Yes indeed, too many lies from ‘experts’ I do not buy it for one minute and actually am quite exhausted from the ‘wasted and misspent’ energy spent on these lies. Take a good look at what the corps and puppet governments are playing up to and in a rather hurried fashion, I might add. This is not the common folks actions that are causing the so-called Global warming — how about the government and military spraying of toxic chemicals from planes on a daily basis spewing aluminum, barium and strontium, to name a few, behind the public’s back no less all in an effort to ‘help stop warming’. Not tested. Just dropped on all of us and our environment. These corrupt people and corporations are not to be taken seriously regarding anything today, as was in the past. We need another government and a much smaller, less corrupt one at that.

          • Valewood

            Totally and completely agree.

  • Luke

    thank you Elizabeth!

  • thestraymuse

    I feel like the entire PC cabinet is in wicked denial, or worse–politically insane. When the numbers are supporting the science of climate change and we know the clock is winding down on our chance to prepare or react, why is it only May’s voice that is cutting through the BS and calling it like it is? This is terrifying. The sick thing is that there won’t be anyone to say “I told you so” when it hits the fan. It’ll be too late for rhetoric.

  • Isobel Stein

    this is really scary and really good she’s telling us about it, maybe then in decades from now people will look back and see that it’s not everyone (although it is most including me) who stood by and watched

  • Fireweed

    Elizabeth, many of working for change on the fossil fuel issue are also paying attention to the impact of widespread (and growing) animal agriculture…this is an under-represented concern in Green discourse, which if anything, tends to stop short of challenging the status quo with the notion that locavorism is enough, when it most certainly is not. I hope you will visit my group FB page below, which is a resource for activists compiling material linked to this area.

    Thanks so much for all you are doing…we are indeed at the 11th hour. If those of us with the privilege of CHOICE want to make a difference we can all start today paying much closer attention to what we put in our mouths. It was great to have veg options at the AGM this past summer, but disheartening to see that the vast majority were content to indulge unnecessarily in the status quo. If the Green Party doesn’t lead the way on this issue, we are really missing the boat. The sinking boat.

    Very best wishes, Fireweed

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/515390858491078/?ref=ts&fref=ts

  • Thomas Houghton

    Thanks for caring about the future. We all need a wake up call. It is late! T.H.

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