For a while Climate Change was all over the media. Everyone heard about, lots were talking about it. Nowadays, not so much. You’ll see here and there an article about it, but nothing really in the hot spot. What’s unfortunate with the news coverage about Climate Change is that it doesn’t really address the immediate problems we all face. In fact, who really cares about it? Everyone is working hard every day, going to their jobs, caring for their families and just struggling to keep it all together. I don’t see how saying the planet is warming by 0.1 degrees is going to make a big impact on people. Why aren’t we talking about the very real and present dangers. A simple example, fuel prices. Recently in Laval the pumps were up to 1.23$ per litre. What does that really mean? Well assuming you own a jeep patriot (9L/100KM) and your office is 30Km from your home (leaving out traffic), you will be using 108 litres of fuel in a month. At a 1.23/l list price, this will cost you 132.84$ per month. That is a lot of cash! And in a family where both parents work separate ways, you double that amount. This is an expense for being able to work – we’re literally paying a fortune to be able to work. *So why aren’t we more aggressively investing and researching into alternative fuels and energy – not just for vehicles but for our general energy requirements? It’s one thing to talk about climate change, but if nothing is being done about everyday issues, how can we change anything?
On the other hand, considering less omnipresent issues, there’s (ir)responsible forest management. We don’t think about it, we don’t hear about it but it should be in our radar. Here we are logging, illegally logging, cutting for urban development, and let’s not forget cutting for tar sands development. What we forget is that by cutting our forests we’re also eliminating our source of clean fresh water and clean air. I’ll leave the detailed analysis of this closing statement for another time. But think about it.
What are the real issues in your opinion?