After attending the film screening of Beyond Climate, as follows is a David Suzuki wish list for Canada and other notes:
- shut down the tar sands
- cancel LNG and related projects (fracked liquefied natural gas)
- cancel Trans Mountain Pipeline
- cancel Kinder Morgan
- governments will be about electing leaders who will follow through on their commitments to green energy and a low carbon future
- 10 years to turn it around, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report October 8th that the world is headed for a dangerous temperature rise of 1.5°C by 2030 if dramatic action isn’t taken
- reduce emissions down to 45% below 2010 levels by 2030 and down to net zero by 2050
- two examples where environmentalists and indigenous peoples thought they won but lost: Site C Dam in BC and hydro construction projects in Brazil like the Belo Monte Dam
- we have our children to be accountable to. Do we say to them we have no future
- the challenge is to step back and give nature a chance
- What I can do personally:
♡ Continue minimalist, nomadic lifestyle primarily within the territory currently called Canada from east to west and north, north, north. Care about it enough to continue to actively fight for and protect it.
♡ As a water protector and land defender as first dreamed about in 1997, continue to concretely stand with indigenous peoples and others re wish list and other longstanding fights re the sacredness of the land like Qat’muk to effect justice, right relations, reconciliation. Acknowledge the sacredness of the land and the wisdom of my ancestors where ever I am, then actively involve myself with whomever and whatever will encourage the resilience of nature. This fight is for all, with language or not, who still have the privilege of being here, for the right to clean air, clean water, undisturbed land. Storytelling about dreams and who/what shows the way.
♡ As per the answer Susan Aglukark gave me to my question as to what to do personally as a non indigenous person in the process of reconciliation (beyond it being, amongst other things, an environmental issue), her advice was to effect destigmatization of an indigenous group by choosing one or more and learning the precolonization history and sharing. Continue story telling of those met on the road, indigenous included from coast to coast to almost coast and enjoy the learning curve.
♡ As a person who still remembers the time BEFORE plastic, drastically reduce or eliminate my personal use of single use plastic and other plastics. In answer to my question put to an educator as to when to start teaching social and corporate responsibility, the answer without hesitation was “In the womb”. Join any campaign bringing awareness to this issue with focus on educating children and holding companies to account.
♡ As a very fortunate person who started life for most of the year eating food all grown at home – with the exception of sugar, coffee and flour; and further not having any exposure to junk food and other foods laced with dirty palm oil until later in life, educate myself about palm oil and make sure I do not use it personally. Join any campaign bringing awareness to this issue with focus on educating children and holding companies to account.
♡ Recognizing my personal food choices are a sustainability issue. Continue periodic cleansing, explore fasting and focus plant based and eating for the planet as per books like Brendan Brazier’s Thrive and documentaries like Forks Over Knives