As I wrote about a few days ago, the young people in Canada are starting to get a little miffed at our government's complete refusal to consider their future and do the right thing in Copenhagen. Mine is such a heartless, soulless generation. We've had too much, and not enough pain, perhaps. We can't imagine going without, and therefore we do nothing (and worse) to ensure that our children and grandchildren will have something when they are our age.
Here's the response from our brilliant young friend who bicycled across Canada this past summer to raise awareness about the global climate change emergency.
"Thank you for getting it and for feeling it. I've been pretty rattled for the past few days watching all of this unfold and watching the media spin its speculation. It is heartbreaking. That said, the youth are pissed off now and we are getting organized — across the country. We are going to keep the heat on every Monday until Copenhagen.... Every time we are betrayed by Members of Parliament, I think to myself, "But I biked across the country for this, I organize every day for this, I read every day for this, I shed tears every day for this, I get little sleep for this — and they still don't hear us, see us, acknowledge us." My sister told me that when they screened the Age of Stupid in Ottawa [our national capital], the MPs that did come were on their Blackberries the whole time."
Sad. Scary. Stupid!
Here's a public service announcement I'd like to share with you — luckily, an enactment. But it makes a good point. And probably does a good job of portraying how the young people of Canada are feeling right now.
What about in your country? Is your government putting children at the centre of your nation's climate decisions, policies and actions?