By Letter to the Editor on September 14, 2017.
Thanks to Movie Mill’s Leonard Binning, we got to see Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – a most important and disturbing film on the realities of man-made climate change. I wonder how many of our local politicians and administrators took time to see it? Our summer has been filled with smoke, heat and drought as never before; wildfires raging in B.C. and Waterton area; to the south of us monster storms, hurricanes and floods.
Fortunately talks are finally underway regarding recycling but do you not find it troubling and unacceptable that council has never discussed “climate change” let alone other obvious and pressing environmental issues like the dire situation of our pollinators, food security, water scarcity or the environmental impacts of unregulated nocturnal lighting?
More than ever we need informed people at the table; individuals who understand the issues and have a desire and vision to set us on a new trajectory of environmental responsibility. With the abundant natural resources we have of sun and wind, our city needs to show leadership and showcase for its citizens what is possible. Doing so would have city-owned facilities like Casa clad in solar panels, wind powered; on geo-thermal; feed-in-tariff. With vision and will, Lethbridge could be powered 100 per cent by renewables as other cities are. We could be known for renewable energy – a centre of research and expertise, apprenticeship training and manufacturing. This would diversify our economy and secure the future for our youth; provide them with jobs they can be proud of. None of this has happened and never will without informed people at the table. We have an election coming up and my hope is that you see the importance of having a strong voice for the environment in the mix.
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