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Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Blogs, General News

Warm-weather fun as green Christmas looms

Opinion piece in the Toronto Star

by Lyn Adamson, VOW co-chair
This holiday season I have felt profoundly saddened. What saddens me is knowing that we are in a fight for human survival on planet Earth and most of us don’t even know it.
I looked in vain for some serious coverage of the very dark side of this unseasonably warm December. I have yet to see it. The planet is warming quickly and urgent action is needed by all of us to change that.
Despite the determination of the Paris Accord that we will try to keep temperature rise under 1.5 C in order to avoid the worst of runaway global warming, there is no global plan in place that will get us there, and every day counts.
We are in overtime – with the Arctic already in full-blown melting, and the oceans acidifying, and CO2 count of 400 (safe level might be 350) – and we need to act with full urgency. Naomi Klein has called for a Marshall Plan for the Earth. Nothing less can make the future livable for our children and all the creatures who now call the Earth their home.
We need much more extensive coverage of this climate crisis if we are to have a hope of dealing with it. We rely on you, the media, to tell us just how urgent this crisis is. Can we count on you this year, 2016, to make reporting on climate a top priority?
Please share with us the solutions, like carbon pricing, renewable energy, and ending subsidies to oil and gas, and inform us of what other jurisdictions are doing. Help us connect the dots, so we can get this right, all of us, together.