ATKINSON: Do we have the will to save the planet?

Jeffrey Atkinson, Professor of Chemistry at Brock University, had a piece recently published in The Hamilton Spectator about the need for a co-ordinated global response to global warming.

He writes:

“President Joe Biden is pressuring corporate America to help lead the fight against COVID, the way industries did during the Second World War through measures like retooling automobile plants to produce military vehicles.

Does this same urgency apply to global warming?

In broaching the topic with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently, Biden said, “Canada and the United States are going to work in lockstep to display the seriousness of our commitment at both home and abroad.”

This idea of a harmonized effort to fight global heating is noble, but comes with so little time to act that it requires not just Canada and America, but all the countries and corporations in the world.

Why is there no co-ordinated global response to global warming? We’ve known about it for 120 years. In 1896, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius stated said burning fossil fuels such as coal would add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and cause atmospheric warming. Since then there have been relentless detailed warnings, supported by enormous amounts of very real climate data.”

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