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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canada last among G8 on climate change action: report

Canada has been ranked last among the G8 nations in an annual climate change report funded by the World Wildlife Fund and the insurance firm Allianz SE.

2009 rankings in the G8 Climate Scorecard (WWF/Allianz)

1. Germany
2. UK
3. France
4. Italy
5. Japan
6. Russia
7. U.S.
8. Canada

"Nowhere else on Earth do fewer people steward more resources, yet Canada now stands dead last amongst the G8 nations in protecting our shared home from the threat of dangerous climate change," said Keith Steward, director of WWF-Canada's climate change campaign, in a statement Wednesday.

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions are steadily increasing, and its per capita emissions are already among the highest in the world, says the study, conducted by Ecofys, a renewable-energy consulting firm.

"A plan to curb emissions was developed last year but has not been implemented," the report says.

To read the remainder of this news article go to:
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/07/01/tech-climate-scorecard-wwf.html


According to my research the Canadian Government suggests it is taking action against climate change. At the website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/cc/default.asp?Lang=En

it is stated:

"the government is taking action at home and abroad to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution."

"Canada’s comprehensive action plan to fight climate change will reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% from 2006 levels by 2020, placing Canada on the path to achieve reductions of 60-70% by 2050 We are also taking steps to protect our water and wildlife, and to help Canadians across the country adapt to a changing climate."

"However, we cannot do it alone. Our plan recognizes that working together with the public, industry, provinces and territories is essential to meet our goals."

The Canadian Government has created a good website which tells Canadians what we should be doing to reduce our species role in climate change on our planet (see:http://www.ec.gc.ca/cc/default.asp?lang=En&n=D356593E-1 However, what is being done to motivate Canadians to change our behavior? That is the question. Will it take laws which forces Canadians to change our behavior to reduce the role our species plays in climate change?

I would gladly take rapid transit all over Edmonton if it existed. At present city council is not willing to act to create more rapid transit transportation in our city.They are more worried about where the rapid transit is going to go.The City has created a ten-year plan for rapid transit which I read (see: http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/20090513_LRTExpansionNetworkPresentation.pdf)

What surprised me about the report was the statement:

"Edmonton was the first city in North America to develop light rail system (1978)." We may have been the first but city council after city council in my opinion has failed to understand the benefits of adding to the existing lrt system, otherwise we would have an lrt system which would allow the user to access most parts of the city (which the present lrt system does not do!). According to the document the city's current lrt system only has a route length of 15.2 km. This is hardly adequate for a city the size of Edmonton!!

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



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A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



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Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.