“Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war.”
The year was 1988. Those words began a statement by the World Meteorological Organization entitled The Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security. Since then, the world has thrown a lot of talk and little action at the experiment, in which we are our own lab rats.
Flash forward to October 15, 2018. Few people noticed the emergency debate in the House of Commons about the urgent need to take real action on climate change. But now, five months later, it seems that a winter of extreme weather events worldwide has underlined the urgent need for action. Indications are that this is not a passing phenomenon. It is now apparent to most of us that we have already entered the maelstrom of climate change.
Last October, the occasion was yet another special report by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It discussed the impacts of global warming of 1.5 ºC or more above pre-industrial levels: Very real impacts on health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, protection of life, and economic growth (www.ipcc.ch).
The burning question in the emergency debate was: How can we limit the climate changes to protect the lives of our children, “the grandchildren I tuck into bed at night”? said Elizabeth May in her cogent speach during the emergency debate (see YouTube).
Any good news? Here are a few examples, collected by rabble.ca:
The European Union voted to dedicate 25% of its budget for the next seven years to decarbonizing Europe, and transitioning to clean energy.
Certain women CEOs are turning their corporations green: GreenBiz lists 25 of them.
In the brouhaha about General Motors closing its Oshawa plant and others, we didn’t notice its announcement that it will be making only electric cars from now on.
Volkswagon has also announced plans to make 15 million electric vehicles in the next few years, and phase out gas-powered vehicles.
And finally, a footnote about Tesla: Elon Musk reminded everyone in January that he made all his electric vehicle patents “open source” four years ago. Any takers among us, inventive Townshippers?
Our very own Valoris, that brave repository of all our rubbish and recycling, is reaching out to the public on the eve of the planned expansion of its engineered landfill. (You were wondering what is happening to all our recycling now that China has refused to accept any more of it? And what was behind their refusal, anyway?)
Three workshops are planned on three different themes. Water quality/ Wildlife/ Wetlands on Saturday morning, April 6; Air quality (odors, greenhouse gases) and traffic (cleanliness, security) on Saturday morning, April 27; Integration into landscape, noise, dust on Sunday, May 26.
The dates and themes may be subject to change, said Louis Longchamps, the Valoris director of communications. Three ways to register for a workshop: Visit www.letvaloris.com/contact-us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone 819-560-8403.
TAX SEASON, NOW
Just a reminder that the income tax season is speeding by, and if your income is limited, it’s high time to avail yourself of a tax assistance program. In Sawyerville, the clinic sponsored by Loisirs Sawyerville is offered free of charge and in English. It is open on Wednesdays, March 20 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., and on March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Questions? Call Danielle at 819-889-2614.
And in Lennoxville, the clinic is open until April 30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. It’s at the Literacy in Action office, 7 Conley St., Lennoxville. Questions? Call Evelina at 819-346-7009, option 2, or email email@example.com.
COLOUR CAFÉ, 27th
A Colour Café is on Wednesday, March 27, at 2 to 4 p.m., at the John-Henry-Pope Cultural Centre, 25 Principale West, Cookshire. No registration needed; just show up for fun colouring and conversation, with snacks and hot beverages. Info: Townshippers’ Association at 819-566-5717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BU SINGERS, 29th
Hurry to get tickets for the spring show of the Bishop’s University Singers featuring Gospel-inspired favourites from such popular songwriters as James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Levon Helm and Joe Cocker. It is Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in the Centennial Theatre.
Tickets: Adults $25; seniors $23; students $15. (Note to members of BU’s Senior Academy for Lifelong Learning or SALL: Tickets, just $20; ask for the “Senior Academy Rate.”) Purchase from the Centennial Theatre box office, 1-4 p.m. weekdays, or call 819-822-9692. (Psst: Melanie Cutting asks ticket-buyers to mention her name; she’s in a ticket-sales contest. We heard it from her!)
RURART FOR ARTISTS
Dance and visual artist Amélie Lemay-Choquette announces a unique opportunity this summer for artists or artisans, whether young or professional. It is to participate in the RURART collective residency at La ferme La Généreuse. If interested in a $325 grant, find the info in French at: http://rurart.ca/residence-production/residence/dossier-dinscription/ Deadline: April 1st. For general information about RURART, visit www.rurart.ca.
RESERVE A TABLE
The Bury Women’s Institute is having a Flea Market/Craft Sale on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bury Armoury Community Center. To rent a table, contact Irma Chapman (819-873-3600) or Frances Goodwin (819-872-3318).
United. Sunday worship services are at Trinity United in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m. and at the Sawyerville United at 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).
Baptist. In Sawyerville, the Sunday worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. Info: 819-239-8818.
Anglican. March 24: Sunday worship services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury, and at 11 a.m. in Cookshire (Trinity United Church hall). March 31: 11 a.m. only, St. George’s Church, Lennoxville.
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