Food is a big motivator

To the Editor,

These people, ill with denial, think they can conquer scientific fact with whatever flavour-of-the-month their ideology is swinging to, are all in for a very rude surprise when, finally, they wake up.

Science means knowing. We need to be ready to catch those awakening, as the cold, hard hammer of reality falls. Action is the mother of hope.

Taking action on climate change is a good idea for everyone’s mental health. We’re used to having everything we want, when we want it, as long as we could afford it, with lots of so-called help from our credit cards. Things are changing fast.

The geopolitics of food is a powerful, human driver of major change. Fossil aquifers are running dry.

Farming collectives are as much a mental health strategy as they are a food and water security strategy. The point is, the climate is changing rapidly, and so is our ability to produce food and secure water.

Something to consider: if we had urban farming collectives and urban/rural farming collectives, formed/forming, making it clear, to all our governments, that we expect agriculture to be our best investment going forward, we would have a strong livelihood issue that the courts would have to look at, and take seriously.

Coal and agriculture do not mix, and, a tsunami with coal is a damn sight worse than a tsunami without coal.

As for coal, ideology and science, even the pope had to concede that condoms prevent HIV/AIDS infections.

Jen Fisher-Bradley,

Port Alberni

 

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