Two Steps Forward

At the latest United Nations COP 21 Climate Summit, issues around water provided a realistic focus for moving forward on climate action. This is a brilliant strategy , since the problem with climate change is making it ‘real’ for people. Focusing on water, essential for all life, may engage people and their communities into acting now, for politicians will not act until they ‘see’ votes through an engaged constituencies.

And business executives, in an open letter from a variety of industries including oil and gas, mining and aluminum, are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers to press ahead with collective climate action, including a price on carbon.

Normally, I say one step forward, two back. This is two steps forward and all I can say to these business leaders is thank you, une mille fois merci. Our research in British Columbia has shown that a price on carbon is the surest way to generate the changes we need individually, by sector, and collectiely. There are some complexities with cap and trade mechanisms, for more detail, click here.

Dog standing on cracked earthBy Staffan Scherz from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (All dried up) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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