History repeats : WE ARE AT WAR!

Posted by Willard Anderson on November 5th, 2018.

WE ARE AT WAR History Repeats Itself
I have two granddaughters and I have a terrible disappointment with the results of the emergency debate on climate change in parliament. The danger is real and tangible. We daily get storms that have the stamp of excessive use of fossil fuels and the death rate is globally 10,000 people a day says Dr. James Hansen the instigator of the debate on fossil fuels caused climate heating.
There is a more complete story to tell about the heating, and the failed debate on climate emergency. The SS Nazis were brain washed as children but did not think for themselves as adults. During the worst of the war, in murdering the Jews they, hung civilians, shot women and children and gassed the defenceless. The SS were described as, “unparalleled, distant, superior”! While millions of Jews were slaughtered, many Germans preferred to look the other way. After the war and opening of the death camps, Germans were ashamed to be German.
Time cures much and today with our view of what we have achieved, all is as it should be. Though we have climate change and at first almost imperceptible climate heating, but the change in climate was recognized as a possibility in 1900 even though it was thought heating was good. By 1957 we knew it was going to be harmful. Politicians and corporations stood by till well after the new millennium. Tornadoes destroyed some of Elie, Manitoba, that could have been a school. The USA hurricanes killed a few, as weather became more extreme globally first a few dozen died from typhoons and floods. Hurricane Sandy brought $50 billion in costs and higher death rates. Families, mothers and children are dying. We just stand by. Then thousands died. The blood on our hands was, for those who had power and did not act, more manifest. The delusion framed itself in pseudo religious clothes, a dogma of do nothing, while more died. We became unparalleled, distant, superior. We turned our heads while others died. Corporations and politicians have the power and the political responsibility to turn the tide. When will they act so our own grandchildren will not die. Instead they build more pipelines, harvest more dirty oil from the tar sands. Have they become the SS of the modern age when everything can be thrown away just to remain in power? Where are our activists and where are the brains of our leaders.?? Have they been brain washed, can they not think for themselves?
Is this an unfair comparison? Death decides that. Climate warming is a global event to which we all contributed. Measure the death rates. According to Wikipedia about as many soldiers died in combat in WW11 as have died globally from climate heating. There is now much blood on their hands! We all must act! Now while the Liberal Government is doing some good things such as improving housing, Pharmacare, Protecting ocean areas, Aboriginal access. Others. But none of these matters if we do not get off the fossil fuels and reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. This is fundamental to survival. This is war against CO2. We must treat it with that importance. This is a climate emergency. All, must be put aside to achieve this decrease of the CO2 footprint. The current UN report sets the standards. Above all we must meet that. If monies that are needed for the jobs targetting climate heating tjhen other projects must be put on hold. During the second world war we quit building cars and built war goods. We geared up in one year. Make no mistake this is every bit as serious and worse than the second world war. During the war one had the hope of retuning to a better time. If climate warming gets out of hand, there will be no returning. We must sacrifice all our secondary wants to defeat climate warming. This is a must do. We need to collaborate with other European countries, so we can achieve a significant drop in CO2 and also pump CO2 out of the atmosphere. We cannot allow ourselves to fail. It will mean the deaths of many of our grandchildren. Many grandchildren are dying now in countries that are even more on the front line such as the Philippines.
Canada has tried to be a fair country. But to be fair we must abide by rule of law. When people knowingly are responsible for others’ deaths we prosecute. We should be developing a procedure, so all follow the law in the United Nations. It is now our duty to register those leaders who have the power and allowed the climate warming deaths to occur. Canada, to be fair, has a duty to the UN to encourage the UN to begin the prosecution of the leaders of these wayward nations, and if appropriate to include ourselves. As they say, if the shoe fits!
There is an insert to this thesis. We need to know ourselves. To know others is to know something of the broader human condition. What are our likes and dislikes? What do we depend upon? What are our false gods?
When we entertain ourselves with a sadistic story of murder and cops and robbers are we really selling ourselves short. Are we creating a model for our children that says yes, this violence is OK for you to be guided by?
But are four fifths of the earth being of no concern for us and so we dump our plastic into the oceans to create kilometres deep ocean gyres. Since we do not live in the oceans that is OK? But we live increasingly in the high giant towers of Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and Mexico City. We live in towers where no tree grows and no bird sings. We live in our pride filled dead zones. Pride and profit has bought us our fossil fuels that destroy the earth.
So, it is good to know yourself. How do you earn your living? Is it simpatico with the earth? Are your leisure days filled with constructive events? Do you live with a lower footprint upon the earth so there will be resources left for your grandchildren? Where is the source of your contentment today? What actions are you most proud of? Cast of the load of material things that has brought much of the earth to become devoid of life. Treasure your new acquaintance with the birds of the air, the animals of the bush, and the ecologically sound life of the sea. Be at one with your earth. Value the source of your birth right, the living earth.
The Petroleum companies and the car companies still promote oil and bigger SUV’s. Decrease the towers of glass steel and concrete, reduce these dead zones.

“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” said IPCC Chair Lee. “With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society,” he added.
The emergency debate on Climate Heating above all else needed to be about action. Everyone knows why we are having climate warming and how dangerous it has become, and worse the result could be the end for all of us. The debate needed to be focussed on Action.
1. Recognize we are at war to save our grandchildren and the earth as we have known it.
2. Ask for total support of expedient and immediate actions.
3. Work towards a mutually agreed upon action with the European countries and with China if possible.
4. Those politicians that do not agree and wish to use the event for political expediency should step down or be impeached. We are after all in a war.
5. Realize that as for the second world war we can gear up to fight climate change also in the space of one year. There are no excuses that are of more importance than the current death rates and the deaths of out grandchildren. Those who do not agree hate their grandchildren. Many of the earth’s grandchildren have already perished form climate heating.
6. Wikipedia says that the death rate of combatants is about the same as the death rates from climate change to today. Climate change became evident about 1970 and was explicit after the hockey stick charts of Al Gore.
7. We must reduce fossil fuel use in building heating, transportation and general energy production as immediately as possible. All time lines must be two or three years not decades. Fossil fuel use can only be subsidized for their production of green energy, all other subsidies stopped.
8. Budgets for green energy should much override that of the realized and expected costs of global disasters due to climate heating.
9. To work against this platform must be legislated as a criminal offence with climate warming storm caused deaths being laid at the feet of those indigents, procrastinators and climate criminals, corporations or politicians.

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