A UN report released in October warned that “The world’s politicians have just over a decade left to implement drastic transformations in their energy, food and transport systems that could avoid dangerous climate change”.
“12 years isn’t a deadline, and climate change isn’t a cliff we fall off — it’s a slope we slide down,” said Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at NASA. “We don’t have 12 years to prevent climate change — we have no time. It’s already here.” (Axios)
Ontario’s bumper-sticker government, ‘for the people’ issued a “Made in Ontario Environment Plan” compiled by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks. It appears to take a lot of pages to say it will do very little with very little. First the plan points out, (like some other Canadian jurisdictions), how little the province contributes to green house gas emissions. As if nature will take notice and refrain from any climate change effects in Ontario.
Under the title, Doing Our Part, the plan takes credit for the previous government’s closure of coal-fired plants in reducing GHG emissions by 22% below the 2005 base under the Paris Climate Accord. So, move along, nothing to worry about here, right?
But just in case there is pollution “affecting lives”, the plan includes “an online platform for reporting incidents that allows photos or video to be sent in, as well as reporting an incident by e-mail, phone or through an app … An improved complaint response system that sets out the services Ontarians can expect from inspectors and investigators … new standards on the response time … based on the type of incident they report. We will be transparent about pollution incidents and spills, and provide real-time information where it is available …” (p 9) So if you are experiencing anything beyond what is already ‘normal’, sure, let us know. But if you can’t see it, smell it, taste it, or feel sick, everything must be OK. Continue reading