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LETTERS: We're in climate emergency denial

Children take part in the Global Climate Strike of the movement Fridays for Future, in Berlin, Germany, September 20, 2019 REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke ORG XMIT: GDN302
Children take part in the Global Climate Strike of the movement Fridays for Future, in Berlin, Germany, September 20, 2019. - REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

In Canada, we need to significantly reduce greenhouse gases. The world’s youth and this country’s politicians cry out for change. We, the people, want “the government” to accomplish reduction targets.

Do citizens realize the economic cost to them to achieve goals?

The biggest change a person or family can make is to buy an electric vehicle. How many can afford that when trade-in values on hydrocarbon vehicles will plummet?

How many thousands will a home-heating retrofit cost?

Emitting companies will not reduce their greenhouse gases without government subsidies.

We want others to reduce our carbon footprint, but we will howl when we are asked to cover these costs as part of the plan to reduce gases.

We do need to change behaviour but, once again, we are in denial about how much our living standard will be affected.

Malcolm Macpherson, Valley

Global warming is coming faster than we ever anticipated. Unfortunately, fossil fuels are here to stay until we develop a viable replacement. Nuclear power will not have a dramatic effect, so what can we do as Nova Scotians, or at least as Canadians?

Renewable power might be a viable alternative, and South West Nova is blessed with all three forms of it.

Digby could become a “green energy” leader by developing tidal power at Brier Island, Long Island and Digby, continuing to build wind turbines, such as those on Digby Neck, and placing them along the North Mountain above the Annapolis Basin, and assisting home and small-business owners with the installation of solar power.

Our four levels of government (town, municipal, provincial and federal) need to work together to find how we could address global warming and move funding from unneeded or unwarranted work to projects that promote our district, our province and our future.

John Light, Smiths Cove

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