How can we slow climate change?
It's easy to hurt someone, it's easy to belittle. It's much harder to
bring change into the world.
At One Blue Marble, we feel that we have to be bold and honest, but we
don't want to be mean or vindictive. So we'll try to find a balance between
being provocative and constructive. But at the end of the day, we need
people to start talking, and to change dramatically.
And so we're
going to embark on a series of campaigns that we hope will make climate
change a common topic of conversation, so people can have the tools they
need to embark on a low-carbon lifestyle. We want to create a sense of
community and common purpose.
Let's put Liberals & Michael Ignatieff on notice
Our Liberal Problem
Ummm, the Coalition is dead, long live the Coalition! We do
have a plan for the recent turn of events in Canadian politics. Please
read on! (Join our first-ever Red
Letter Day on February 27).
But first, the background.
As a Canadian who is married to an American , I can say that we’re thrilled
by the American elections — and by everything Obama
is doing to slow global warming — and embarrassed that Canadians gave the Harper Conservatives
another shot at governing.
The ridiculous nature of the Canadian electoral system — often called
first past the post — means that our current government enjoys the electoral
support of only 37 percent of Canadians. The other 63 percent of us, moderates
and progressives, have been watching this right-wing government with a
sense of ominous foreboding. Over the last three years, they’ve been quietly
locking Canada into a fossil fuel economy, to the economic ruin of all,
and dismantling our social safety net. They’ve destroyed
our international reputation, they've muzzled
climate change scientists, and they’ve tabled a ridiculous
and spendthrift budget that will plunge the country back into a deficit,
with nothing to show for it in the end. First they refused to stimulate
the economy, a move that befuddled
economists, and now they blame their uncontrolled spending on the opposition.
In the meantime, they are doing nothing to support clean technology, energy
efficiency, and renewable energy, unlike virtually every other developed
nation on the planet.
Canada is now the world's worst climate-change villain. If
you doubt that fact, read this page,
and this one. We used to compete
with Australia and the USA for the honor, but they are now embracing the
science, and taking a courageous stand.
Obviously, as an environmentalists, Harper’s callous disregard
for climate change is infuriating. He has turned a deaf ear to the country's
top scientists. He is cleaving
to right-wing policy with a frightening conviction that frightens all but
his most ardent supporters.
Frankly, we’re surprised by his utter lack of vision, and how he is
devoted to a right-wing agenda of cutting taxes and laissez-faire deregulation
that is now being blamed for the current financial crisis. Canada is on
a downward spiral — morally, economically, and environmentally.
Throughout December and January, many Canadians put their hope
in a Coalition of Progressives that possessed the wherewithal to defeat
this government in a vote-of-non-confidence, hoping that the Liberals and
NDP would form a government, with key voting support from the Bloc Québécois.
Alas, the Liberal Party was run by a brilliant, thoughtful man who was
a terrible communicator. After a series of bumbling gaffes, Liberal leader
Stephane Dion was replaced Harvard professor
and writer Michael
And now we have a problem. Ignatieff seems to be shifting the party
to the right, and he was never keen on the Coalition. After the Harper
Conservatives tabled their woefully inept budget, Ignatieff decided to
support it, and the coalition was dead.
To suggest that Ignatieff's decision was discouraging is to engage in
the Canadian penchant for understatement. This is Our Winter of Discontent.
Post). Truth to tell, we think Ignatieff does have a plan, but he's
keeping his counsel to himself.
That presents us with an opportunity, a chance to change Ignatief's
mind before he offers unconditional support to false economies — as he
did recently in promoting accelerated
development at the Alberta
Right now, the Liberals are vulnerable. If they can't afford to alienate
Alberta with tough tar sands talk, they can't afford to alienate progressives,
The Red Letter Campaign
We need to reach Ignatieff
and the Liberal Party of Canada. We think he's biding his time, and
preparing to bring down the Conservatives later this year. That's all
well and good. But even if the Conservatives are defeated in a general
election, and the Liberals gain a majority, we still believe that our
country would best be served by a coalition that represents Canadian
interests from sea to shining sea.
The problems that come with transitioning to a low-carbon economy are
vast and complicated. We need as many parliamentarians as we can find all
pulling in the same direction. We need a new spirit of cooperation and
common purpose if Canada is to once again become a great nation that is
respected throughout the world.
Ignatieff has put the Tories on notice. Well, it's time for us to put
Ignatieff — and the Liberals — on notice!
The Red Letter Campaign: Ignatieff
is busy. He's trying to save the party, cozy up to Alberta, support the
Conservative budget without seeming like a toady, fill depleted Liberal
coffers, and hone his political skills. He's WAY too busy to read our
But we're willing to bet that some members of the Liberal caucus do
read their mail, and we bet they talk to their colleagues. So we we'll
write to them. Every week or two in Our Red Letter Campaign,
we'll have a Red Letter Day: we'll decide on a theme,
and write letters to our Liberal MPs, or to a members of the Liberal
shadow cabinet. We want to voice our objections to Ignatieff's unqualified
support for the fossil fuel industry when renewable energy makes more
sense for the economy and future generations, ask him to fight so that Environment
Canada scientists are free to talk to the media about climate change,
and bring down this government with all due haste.
We'll post our letters to our One
Blue Marble blog, and here as text files, so you can download them
easily, and personalize them before mailing. We want to keep up the
pressure on Ignatieff, and help the Liberals understand that we speak
for the MAJORITY of Canadians.
But that's not all we can do. We can also:
- Talk to friends and family about climate change, and tell them why
we need to support a change in government so that Canada stops stifling
progress at the international climate talks.
- Talk to friends and family about why the current Conservative budget
will place Canada
at an economic disadvantage for a generation — or more!
- Write Letters to the Editor to Canadian newspapers.
We'll start compiling a list of newspapers, and writing our own letters
and posting them here.
- Send us your Letters to
the Editor. We'll post the best ones here as often we can, with
full attribution (if that's what you'd like).
- Keep us informed.
We have two other jobs, so even though we follow global warming in the
Canadian media, stories still get past us. Tell us what people in your
community are saying!
- Ask us for advice.
We have answers for anyone who tries to hit you over the head with junk
- Add our link to your blog to boost our hits. If you write about climate
change, we'll do the same.
- Buy a One
Blue Marble Bumper Sticker to show your public support for the
Coalition. Buy a groovy
t-shirt or hoody to help us keep fighting!
We have four more campaigns that we're getting ready to launch in the
coming weeks and months, so please stay tuned.
- We want to slow development at the Alberta Oil Sands, the world's
most environmentally destructive project.
- We want to mothball all coal-fired power generation in Canada and the
US over the next four years, or convince utilities to switch to biomass.
This will cut more greenhouse gas emissions than anything else we can
do as a society.
- We want to engage religious groups across Canada to get them to join
the campaign to slow climate change, as they've done in Scotland.
And guess what... Scotland recently tabled incredibly ambitious climate
change legislation that won the praise of environmentalists.
- We want to take the muzzles off Environment Canada scientists so that
Canadians can learn the truth about global warming
The Challenge: Environment & Economy| Climate
Change Science | Misinformation | Our
Campaigns | Clean Tech | Blog | Get
Involved | Climate Change
Resources | OBM Store | About
OBM | Home |
Campaign # 1: The Red Letter Campaign
The Red Letter Campaign: Let's put
Ignatieff on notice | Red Letter Day: Let Environment Canada Scientists
Campaign # 2: Canada's Sorry Environmental Record
Canada: World's Worst Climate
Villain | Turning the Corner:
Conservative Disaster | Harper
and Climate Change |
Campaign #3: Slow the Tar Sands
Alberta Tar Sands (Overview) | Alberta
Tar Sands: Modern Parable | Alberta
Tar Sands 2 | Alberta Tar Sands
3 | Alberta Tar Sands 4
Campaign # 4: Old King Coal (Coming Soon)
Campaign # 5: One Voice (Coming Soon)
USA: Supporting Obama's Leadership
The Global Warming Denial Campaign
Astroturfing & Misinformation |
Climate Change Denial
Industry | Climate Change Myths