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Americans See Combating Climate Change a Moral Obligation. Speaking of Morality, Where’s Steve Harper?

Posted February 27, 2015 by The Mound of Sound

Some are calling it the “Francis effect” after the forceful statements the Pope has made about the need to address climate change.

A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders – to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.

The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor.

The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.

Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions. And 72 percent said they were “personally morally obligated” to do what they can in their daily lives to reduce emissions.

Our prime minister’s favourite passtime, pimping high-carbon fossil fuels, is pretty plainly immoral.  It’s Canada’s eager contribution to a great deal of suffering, dislocation and, ultimately, death.  It’s the legacy of petro-statehood in the 21st century.  That trafficking in high-carbon bitumen is a disgrace to Canada and establishes our well-deserved reputation as an environmental pariah.  My guess is that Stephen Harper and his minions will be steering well clear of Pope Francis.
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Pink Washing: Does This Pink Shirt Really Say Enough?

Posted February 17, 2015 by Guest Contributors

By Emily Griffiths Pink Shirt Day is almost upon us. The annual campaign to raise money and “awareness” on the issue of “bullying” takes place on February 25. As this date approaches, I’m sure you’ve noticed an inundation of bright pink. Even at this very moment, I am sipping my tea from a Blenz paper … Continue reading Pink Washing: Does This Pink Shirt Really Say Enough?

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MORE Sexism Against Female Canadian Athletes!

Posted January 21, 2015 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Today is a terrible day for gender equity in sports. What it looks like is either continued sexism, or increased anti-feminist backlash against women who have been asserting their human rights to safety and dignity around the world. Female World Cup soccer players have to play on plastic artificial turf while the men have played … Continue reading MORE Sexism Against Female Canadian Athletes!

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Yet Another Logistical Solution to Homelessness

Posted January 16, 2015 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

So, Utah has been eradicating homelessness by giving people homes. The bonus is that it’s easier and cheaper to provide social services to people when their housing needs are met. From Amsterdam, we see yet another logistical solution for emergency housing while we have a national dialogue on a national housing plan. A rich country … Continue reading Yet Another Logistical Solution to Homelessness

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Does YOUR Favorite Corporate Exploit Tragedy for Sales?

Posted January 13, 2015 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

It’s not like capitalists deserve your pity when they accidentally offend people while they try to embrace their communities to build spirit. And profit. It is partly because corporations are pretend human beings, with no emotions, no social conscience [beyond PR gains] and no capacity for human empathy, which is a fundamental part of human … Continue reading Does YOUR Favorite Corporate Exploit Tragedy for Sales?

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Why the Police Don’t Know Why People Don’t Trust Them

Posted January 5, 2015 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

This is why the police don’t know why people don’t trust them. That, and killing First Nations youth, people of colour, immigrants and the mentally ill. Laval police delete controversial photo from social media | Montreal Gazette. Now, contrast that with this fellow, Pittsburgh’s police chief, who is getting vilified for suggesting that there is … Continue reading Why the Police Don’t Know Why People Don’t Trust Them

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Capitalists Working on Climate Change?

Posted January 2, 2015 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

As you know, I’m not one to tout the marvels of capitalism, however there is this. Out of the 6 of the most hopeful climate stories of this year at the Climate Reality Project, is this one about businesses doing [if only slightly] more than greenwashing or PR sexied up as climate action. My hashtag … Continue reading Capitalists Working on Climate Change?

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