Steven Guilbeault facing the machine

I didn’t expect to hear one day Steven Guilbeault take up the arguments of the oil industry to legitimize the authorization of a new deadly infrastructure.

Not a few days after presenting a climate plan that gave hope.

Not after the receipt of a new IPCC report, increasingly alarming, carried by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutiérrez, who recalled that “investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure is moral and economic madness”.

“Climate activists are sometimes portrayed as dangerous radicals. But the real dangerous radicals are the countries that increase their production of fossil fuels,” Gutiérrez also wrote this week.

The denial of science

When more than 1,200 scientists, like NASA climatologist Peter Kalmus, come to promote and practice nonviolent civil disobedience to protect life on Earth, I feel like I’m living in the movie. Do not look (cosmic denial).

That a staunch environmentalist-turned-minister fails to block an insane oil mega-project demonstrates how systemic the problem is. It cannot be settled by the politico-economic machine that governs us without immense citizen pressure.

It is therefore urgent to mobilize collectively to change the rules of the game, so that it becomes impossible to make money by destroying the future of our children.

The solutions exist. The IPCC listed them again in its report this week. What is missing is the political will to implement them.

This is why we all have a role to play wherever we are in the machine. Even if we often feel helpless, it is together that we bring about change. History teaches us that.

Women would not yet have the right to vote if they had not mobilized. There would be no public health system or education. What about the abolition of slavery?

Now is not the time to give up. The struggles that are won are those that we do not give up.

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