CLIMATE JUSTICE, OIL ADDICTION & UN SUMMIT

“There has never been a time, in any society in any part of the world, without its sages and teachers to challenge materialism and plead for a different order of priorities… Today, however, this message reaches us not solely from the sages and saints but from the actual course of physical events…”   

E.F. Schumacher

 

Bruce at the Nestucca Oilspill in 1988 Vancouver Island BC

NESTUCCA OILSPILL 1988 – VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

Solar Panels

 

“The United States has the world’s mightiest economy and most mobile society. Yet the oil that fueled its strength is its greatest weakness.”     

Amory Lovins

 

3PipelinesMap source - Zoltan Grossman

 

“The present consumer society is like a drug addict who, no matter how miserable he may feel, finds it extremely difficult to get off the hook. The problem children of the world – from this point of view and in spite of many other considerations that could be adduced – are the rich societies and not the poor.”  

E.F. Schumacher

  Downtown Calgary, Alberta - Bruce Witzel photo

 

CALGARY, ALBERTA

 

 

A_New_Harvest,_with_Wendell_Berry,_Henry_County,_KY,_2011_-_photograph_by_Guy_Mendes photo credit – Guy Mendes

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We’ve been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us.”    

Wendell Berry

 

Wind turbine, Solar Eectricty, Solar Hot Water and Passive Solar Home - by Bruce Witzel

 

In Solidarity with the United Nations Climate Summit – September 23, 2014

 

Bruce

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9 thoughts on “CLIMATE JUSTICE, OIL ADDICTION & UN SUMMIT

  1. Thanks for this post – this is the biggest issue we and future generations have to face… And yet with few exceptions we’re not! Are you going to read Naomi Klien’s new book? Ashamed of our Canadian government at the Climate summit.

    • Had to check this out Roy.

      I think it’s all the way the stats are put. The article I just read shows the average arctic ice sheet from the years 1981 to 2014 was 2.4 million square miles. In 2014 it did rise 29% from the previous year of 1.97 M. to 2.34 M. square miles.

      Although I’m not a climate scientist, I think it’s sort of like saying we had 29% more snow last winter than the previous winter.

      In other words, variations happen year to year – we need to look at the overall trends.

      Headlines can be misleading indeed.

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