Often when I think of my children, our children and our children's children, I wonder what the future holds for them.
Of course, we don't have control over everything. After all, planet Earth is the tip of a needle in a haystack when we think about the Universe.
During my studies, I had a meteorology professor who firmly believed that humans did not have as much power over the Earth's temperature. 20 years ago, he stood up to a series of scientists with an argument: The Earth has a cycle of warming and cooling, as the glaciations have shown us. Plausible... Many still believe that we do not have this impact.
Although the Earth undergoes cycles of temperature variation, some are working to demonstrate that humans have a grandiose impact on the global ecosystem. That we humans influence the Earth's average temperature through our consumption habits . Thousands of specialists around the world agree. They also agree that the human species is in danger.
And what happens during this time?
It happens that the news is full of headlines about the legalization of marijuana or trivialities. That most of our politicians miss a vital priority and even dismiss it out of hand.
What happens is that the consumption habits of the population are extremely polluting and almost crystallized. It happens that only small islands of citizens, environmentalists, organizations and scientists describe the urgency to act. And yet, who, in Quebec among others, has not heard in recent times about the polluting abundance of plastic or global warming?
I would like to hear how all these people who are bearers of knowledge and passive when they explain to the children of tomorrow how they prioritized the "comfort" of their lives to the detriment of their own.
What will tomorrow's children understand? We often say that the views of others should not influence our choices and who we are. I think here that it is important to see ourselves in the eyes of these future children in order to make daily choices that are more appropriate and more respectful of sustainable development.
I don't know about you, but I like risk management... the precautionary principle . I don't need to know with certainty that humans influence global temperature, I don't need to know with certainty that a substance is polluting... I will simply change my ecological habits, in case of doubt .
There is the famous African proverb that runs over and over in my head: '' It takes a village to raise a child'' . And if we updated it a little: We need the world's population to give a quality of life to the children of the future. They must be able to eat, drink, clothe themselves, shelter and... play.
I leave you with a video of Elizabeth May's speech during the emergency debate on climate change. She says everything, everything, everything that is important to say.
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