Climate action matters to me because I believe we can inhabit the earth in ways that enhance rather than destroy its well-being. Witnessing the very real and destructive impacts of climate change both here and around the world makes me want Edmonton’s leaders to ‘panic’ and take bold and immediate action on climate change.
We did not wait for people to agree to use seatbelts, we legislated their usage. Similarly, we cannot wait for people to agree to decisive climate action, we must legislate bold actions that will bring about new behaviours.
COVID-19 has illustrated the many faults in “business as usual.” It has also brought about possibilities for better environmental behaviour. I think now is the perfect time for Edmonton City Council to accelerate a climate action plan that will benefit everyone.