I don’t think we’ve truly come to grips with what is needed.

A recent news article stated that the reduction in greenhouse gases Canada has to accomplish in order to meet the promise of our recently elected government is equivalent to that produced by our entire transportation sector.

That’s all transportation personal, business, goods delivery, recreational
All forms Car, truck, bus, train, air.

Yet, I have not heard anyone think that the reduction will seriously affect them.

We continue to drive to events, to work, for pleasure; we continue to take vacations to exotic locations; we continue to purchase foods that have been transported great distances. All with very little thought.

Some time ago (probably in the 1980s – a long time before we knew much about green house gases and climate change/global warming) former Prime Minister Joseph Clark said that in order to accommodate the aspirations of the “third world,” we in the north (“first world”) will have to accept a significant reduction in standard of living – possibly up to 50%.

Even then, I thought he may have something.

The “third world” encompasses roughly 3/4 of the total world population

We live on a finite plane. If all reach the so called “first world” standard, the draw on resources would be enormous. Based on monthly incomes, a reasonable comparison is that we in the “first world” probably use about have about 5 times (and the “second world” about 3 times) the resources of those in the “third world.”

Doing some very simple math { 4 / [.25 x 4 + .75 x 1] } elevating everyone to “first world” standards will increase resource consumption by about 2.25 times. Sort of like increasing the world’s population to more than 15 billion. A 50% reduction in standard of living probably won’t be enough to just keep things the same.

We in the “first world” will have to make very large changes in lifestyle in order to get any handle on minimizing the effects humans make on our very finite planet.

The Plaidneck