I’ll never forget going to Tom Davies Square some 16 months ago, and seeing the hundreds of people who showed up to support a move to commit Sudbury to achieve zero emissions over the next 50 years.
We were all filled with hope and excitement. We listened to the councillors unanimous support for this decision, and we all went home hopeful.
A lot has changed since then. The world feels more uncertain than ever as various political and social issues have arisen and people have chosen sides, and facts and truth often get sidelined by fear and misinformation.
The challenges are myriad: We are all struggling to figure out what our new normal is or will become under this pandemic; The world is, quite literally, burning - first Australia, and now our own west coast is aflame to such an extent that the smoke has traveled across the continent to affect even those living on the shores of the Atlantic.
I could go on, but we are all hearing the same reports of extreme weather conditions, flooding, and escalating COVID-19 cases, and social unrest, and that list is long and you don’t need to hear it again.
On my darkest days, I think back to that day at Tom Davies Square 16 months ago, when so many of us were united by a common cause. That cause still exists, and all the other catastrophes I've mentioned are related. Climate change impacts us all. The economic and biological stressors that have impacted the climate so negatively have also created the social/economic issues we’re struggling with, and have also made us deeply vulnerable to pandemics like the one we are now experiencing.
But all is not lost!
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, we have an opportunity to do something about it. We can support our city council in committing to a path that will see our community mitigate against the effects of climate change. There is a plan, the changes are within our reach and are achievable. There is a plan. It involves homes that are more energy efficient, transportation that is convenient, safe, and affordable, and food that is grown sustainably, locally, and optimally.
It's in the hands of our city councillors to support the Community Energy and Emissions plan, and it's in the hands of all of us in the Greater Sudbury community, to let our councillors know we support them in moving that plan forward, and in showing up on Tuesday to renew our commitment. We can’t go there in person, but we can join them virtually, and they will see us! Here’s the link:https://livestream.com/greatersudbury/events/9303005. The council meeting starts at 6, and we expect the CEEP discussion will start at approximately 6:30. Let’s make this happen.
Sharon Roy, Sudbury