Today is Blog Action Day and it's all about activating the tens of thousands of people who write blogs to do something about climate change. Over the past few days I've heard and read a lot about the depressing state of Canada's involvement in curbing worldwide carbon emissions. As a child of the '60's and '70's, I remember taking great pride in my country, its values and the peaceful and positive perception people (see blog entry below) had of Canada as a nation. And now I think of my daughter who was born in 2008 at a time when Canada is involved in a "war" in Afghanistan, tearing up tar sands, doing nothing about climate change and missing many opportunities at being a leader in this world. How do you think the world sees us now?
At the grassroots it certainly feels like things are changing, I attended a meeting last night hosted by the VEDC (Vancouver Economic Development Committee) and heard many positive ideas about how to steer Vancouver toward a more sustainable future but it will be hard to implement these ideas without political will and the support of the people.
It's now time for action. The stakes are very high and it's time that each and every one of us, at the personal, business and political level to protect our future and the future of our children. To tell our politicians to step up, drop the rhetoric and initiate the change that must happen.
It's up to us.