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Climate columnist Tricia Clarkson.

Did that heading grab your attention? Well according to writer and naturalist, Drew Monkman, more people would rather talk about birds than climate change.

So why is this? My research shows that it is because our three levels of government need to:

1.    Constantly remind us that Climate Change is an urgent emergency that needs to be acted upon every day.

2.    Give us clear direction on what to do about it in our every day lives.

3.    Show us how they are doing everything in their power to help address climate change and stop global warming.

4.    Convince us that our coordinated daily efforts will help stop global warming

5.    Provide examples of how we can turn climate change warnings into positive actions that will benefit our health and our economy. Then we will actually WANT to talk about it.

We are not getting any of this consistent, daily messaging.

Granted, we are still dealing with the COVID-19 emergency efforts but this is not to say our federal government could not at the same time release an Urgent Public Advisory similar to the COVID-19 Advisory on climate change steps that need to be taken immediately.

We now have positive feedback from other countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Morocco  that have been successful in reducing their emissions and reaching their annual targets.  Their climate change initiatives have also benefited their economy and the health of their citizens.

So why not use these positive examples to improve our messaging about this dark topic that no one wants to discuss?

Climate change initiatives can benefit our quality of life and household economy too if the government provides rebates for solar panels and retrofitting for home heating efficiency. It’s not like we don’t know how to do this.

The New York Times Bestseller book “Drawdown” was published in 2017 and contains “The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.”  

So why doesn’t our government use this plan to ramp up their annual climate change targets?  

We all need to get on the same page as the COVID-19 messaging system to stop global warming just like we have stopped the spread of the pandemic.

We need daily newspaper emissions reports, daily weather reports that identify climate change trends, air quality index reports that identify harmful particulates in high density traffic areas to avoid, successes and failures of other cities, provinces and countries.  Additionally, every household should receive positive information on how a simple change of lifestyle will improve our health, happiness and our economy.  This is not bad news!  

If we look at climate change like a welcoming wake-up call to a better lifestyle, we will enjoy talking about it more.  

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To receive a copy of my letter to Maryam Monsef with suggestions on how we can all work together to address climate change in a positive way, please email me at tricia.clarkson@gmail.com. I will also email you a Climate Change flyer that you can print out and post.

Tricia Clarkson is a Freelance Writer and Journalist.

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