Editorial: Climate compliance

A young girl’s cry for action has the world’s head turning its attention to climate action.

Greta Thunberg is quickly becoming a household name, ever since she took time off school to demonstrate in front of Swedish parliament in 2018. At only 15 years old, she is showing the world the power of one person’s words and actions.

On September 20, people across the world will participate in a global strike. Millions will walk out of home, work, and school to show their solidarity for climate action.

If one teenager can accomplish this much, imagine what we can do if we stand together? Very often, people feel as if their individual actions won’t affect change. But as the saying goes, “our house is on fire, so let’s act like it.”

As the world gets ready to strike for climate action, Canadians have an extra incentive. With a federal election coming up in the fall, this is the perfect time to demonstrate our wants and needs.

Politicians are building their campaigns and starting to make promises they think we will support, so let’s make sure their promising serious action.

If everyone came together, closed their doors, and went on strike, the results would shake the economy. Organizers of the local global strike are hoping enough Canadians will participate so that for hours there is barely any monetary movement.

The global climate strike website is calling to transition swiftly and fairly from fossil fuels to 100 per cent renewable energy. In terms of energy creation and consumption, there are many alternative options to heating our homes, and electric vehicles are growing in popularity. I don’t think there will be a way to ever eradicate fossil fuels altogether. We will continue to manufacture plastics and consumable products with it.

But, we can limit its uses.

We have a large oil industry in Canada, and our economy relies on it. Many Canadians felt the stress when the market crashed a decade ago, and thousands of workers rely on the oil industry to feed their families.

Making the transition here isn’t as simple as abandoning the pump jacks and fracking. First, we need to transition those workers into a greener industry by providing education and competitive salaries. To do that, there needs to be a higher interest in consuming green energy.

The issues go hand in hand. Without the support of the government, it will be nearly impossible for us to make a seamless shift.

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