trike report 14

 

 

snow. winter’s here. as for winter driving, my bike guy advises against it cuz of salt corrosion. he picked up my bike today to lengthen the chain, so i asked him about winter driving. some folks drive beaters, he said, but i don’t have that option. also, winter tires are not good for the winter trainer; i live on a hill; traction decreases and things become unsafe; everything’s cold; winterizing is costly. otoh, grounded coffee is my social outlet; biking is good for me and gets me out which gives me and sue a break from each other.

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cop17 in durban day 03

‘Update on Omnibus Crime Bill’

‘Coast to coast, Canadians have protested the flawed Omnibus Crime Bill.

Critics, including the Canadian Bar Association, say it makes no sense—crime  rates are dropping and decades of research proves that more people in jail doesn’t equal safer streets. Just the opposite, in fact…. As the bill moves to Report Stage before the full House, it is the Green amendments that most effectively tackle this draconian law. They include:

  • Handing a measure of sentencing control back to judges.
  • Removing mandatory minimum sentences for small amounts of marijuana.
  • An annual, transparent review of the Bill’s consequences.

May points out, “…this legislation unjustly targets Canada’s most vulnerable communities, including First Nations and people suffering from mental illnesses. It strips away judicial discretion and removes our traditional emphasis on rehabilitation. The bill will cost the Canadian economy countless billions of taxpayers’ dollars for an approach that even Texas admits doesn’t work.”’

–gpc newsletter

kyoto

ok, it’s not perfect, but neither is life, nor democracy. i’ve learned the hard way that sometimes perfection isn’t possible, even desirable. politics is the art of the possible. and this is very possible.

based on the successful montreal protocol and backed by all the nobel-winning scientists, the kyoto protocol has been ratified by 191 countries. only the usa has not signed. now, canada wants to walk away?

elizabeth may, member of parliament and leader of the green party of canada, (who offers a powerful fact check on kyoto distortions) got wind of the federal government’s intentions from a ctv report and asked the speaker of the house of commons for an emergency debate (read the full letter here), stating that, ‘the more severe risk is that the developing world will refuse to consider any agreement that is not built on the Kyoto framework….To be blunt, it’s Kyoto or nothing.’

she continued, ‘Canada is at this moment in a powerful position.  We have a choice.  On currently announced positions, we will go to Durban and, likely, be blamed for the catastrophic breakdown of negotiations on which our children’s future depends.’

‘Or,’ she considered, ‘Canada could leave Durban with the praise of governments around the world. The power to create a favourable negotiating climate for talks that may be the last chance to avoid runaway global warming is not one to be exercised without democratic debate.’

the speaker denied the motion.

bishop desmond tutu said as he welcomed the delegates to the 2011 climate change talks, ‘We have only one home. We destroy this home and we have had it.’

stay tuned! it’s gonna be a close one! anything is possible.

reading Population: The Elephant in the Room by paul chefurka

Population: The Elephant in the Room

  • he thinks we’re peaking right now (2007)
  • population is related to energy
  • he wrote this in 2007 and concludes: ‘We have come to this point so suddenly that most of us have not yet realized it…. the first impacts from oil depletion … will be felt within five years…. At this point we are committed to going over the edge into a major population reduction. However, this does not mean that we should adopt a fatalistic stance and assume there is nothing to be done. … The need for action is more urgent now than ever. Humanity is not going to go extinct. There are going to be massive and ever-growing numbers of people in dire need for the foreseeable future. We need to start now to put systems, structures and attitudes in place that will help them cope with the difficulties, find happiness where it exists and thrive as best they can. We need to develop new ways of seeing the world, new ways of seeing each other, new values and ethics. We need to do this with the aim of minimizing the misery and ensuring that as many healthy, happy people as possible emerge from this long trauma with the skills and knowledge needed to build the next cycle of civilization.’
  • what is his hope almost five years later? why keep writing? he writes (in a personal communication. 2011-11-21): ‘After many years of angst, urgency and fear I’m now content to watch, notice, speak and act within my own sphere of influence. If we strive to become conscious, and to do the best we can from that place of awareness, that is the very best we can do.’
  • he concludes his 2007 introduction: ‘the involuntary decline of the human population in the aftermath of the Oil Age will not happen without overwhelming universal hardship.  There are things we will be able to do as individuals to minimize the personal effects of such a decline, and we should all be deciding what those things need to be.  It’s never too early to prepare for a storm this big.’

elizabeth may’s hope

‘I believe responsible governments and Parliaments must accept the consensus and never abandon hope that reductions today will spare our children and grandchildren.  As a mother and a grandmother and as a Member of Parliament and Leader of the Green Party of Canada I refuse to abandon hope while such hope remains.’

–elizabeth may, 2011-11-28