Letter: Canada ranks worst on climate change

Our federal environment minister attends the International Climate Change Conference in Warsaw on our behalf.

Our federal environment minister attends the International Climate Change Conference in Warsaw on our behalf.

According to reports by the Climate Action Network Europe, Canada is again ranked 27th of the 27 wealthiest nations least in addressing climate change.

Ranked as the worst, we are partnered to develop a post 2020 plan and will attend the next meeting in Paris in 2015.

How many more meetings, how many more speeches before someone pays attention to the next generation protesting our front, held back by the police or the military if necessary?

If there is a flaw in the democratic system, I believe it to be our electing representatives by their popularity rather than their qualifications.

With 25 per cent of the seas’ coral beds dead or dying and now 400 known dead zones (no oxygenated water caused by acid rain), it is truly time to pay attention. Instead we carry on with more development, consumption, prosperity measured as good growth at any cost, somebody will think of something, while we concentrate on protecting generated money.

I believe that for the good of ourselves, our children and theirs, we pause to read the placards that these young people are waving, such as, “The politicians have let us down, give the scientists a turn.”

Barry Whiting

Sooke