Christmas is just around the corner and I don’t remember the last time we’ve had such a warm December. Forget a white Christmas, we might not get snow until the new year. Unbelievable.
Remember our last two winters? Some of the coldest we’ve ever had. Remember the winter when the Mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman, called in the army to help clear snow?
This makes me think of the climate change agreement recently reached in Paris by about 200 countries. The Agreement, which deals with greenhouse gas emissions, has been celebrated by some but is criticized for not going far enough and for being unenforceable. Is a non-binding agreement like this worth anything? It might not go far enough for many, but it’s a step in the right direction and certainly isn’t worthless. The Agreement creates expectations, gives direction to the climate change movement, and helps create a foothold for future enforceable agreements.
The real test of climate change now is us. The earth likely won’t see a life-altering change in our lifetime, but it may in our children’s lifetime if we don’t do something. We can make a difference in the lives of our children and their children, but whether it’s for better or worse is up to us. We owe it to our children, we owe it to our grandchildren, and we owe it to their grand children to do what we can to safeguard their future.
The best gift we can give our children is hope for the future. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope that you all enjoy some good food, good cheer, and the warmth and comfort of your homes and of your families and friends. Don’t drink and drive and keep safe.
May God bless us all. Until next year.