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Hanging in the balance

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Taken from my side patio this morning in the fog and dew.

I oscillate back and forth between hope and despair when it comes to the urgent action required to tackle climate change. Yesterday was verging on despair as I listened to Canad's Environment Minister engage in his typical double-speak with the media. The G-8 summit is coming up and climate change is on the agenda. I might go so far as to say that coordinated decisions regarding the actions of the nations that are contributing to the greatest share of the problem rest in the hands of 13 people. But we speak for those people, and that's where my hope returns. Canada's "New" Conservative government is very much aware that the general public wants action on the environment and this issue rates as one of our main priorities as a nation. So today, as I read that Canada's government will side with EU nations in endorsing a call for greenhouse gas reductions, I was thrilled. It is a baby step, but at least the place I call home is coming on side. Let's face it; for political reasons, but I'll take it. For now.

But what remains to cause despair is the fact that the United States government will shun the targets. As the nation that emits more greenhouse gases per capita than any other, it's time to step up. Overdue, really....so let's do something about this!

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I've lost hope (wait, never had hope) for this administration, but am hoping we'll make wiser choices next time.

    I have to find a song I by a local musician I saw this weekend. I think you'd appreciate it.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    I just found out yesterday my apt building is changing all the lightbulds infront of our doors to the energy saving ones. But..Only when they go out with they change to the new ones.. Atleast it's a start.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I'm glad "your" government has taken that position. I think Portugal will have the presidency of the EU soon and those issues will be strongly on the agenda (not that we're specialists or anything like that)...

  1. Blogger Poppy Fields said:

    That the present US government isn't planning on signing saddens me deeply.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I am completely curious to know about this song; let me know what it is!

    This is great! Can't they speed it up (maybe oyu could go out with a sling-shot int the middle of the night or something ;)

    GO Portugal!

    Poppy Fields;
    I am sure that it deeply saddens many Americans. Can't something be done, then?

  1. Blogger vani said:

    Yeah, its one thing among many that sadden me right now when it comes to our government. :(

  1. Blogger CiscoKid said:

    Once the Bush administration is out of office, things should change for the better. It's too bad, it isn't now.

  1. Blogger Dr. Deb said:

    I think that photo is so exquisite.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Brilliant photo, Cathy ... did you take it ??
    HOpe you and your family are well, and enjoying the start of Summer.
    Take care, Meow

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