The short and sweet of it is there’s an international polar conference in Montreal where the government will be monitoring and recording what Environment Canada scientists say to reporters. Reporters can exaggerate or over simplify science which had led to embarrassment on behalf of the scientific community and just plain false science being passed around by us average Joes as gospel.
So why is it an issue that the government will be monitoring what these scientists have to say? Because the government has an agenda that puts sharing research on an international forum by the wayside. Sure, I’m guessing here, but I can only assume the reason the government is “monitoring” what Canadian scientists have to say is because they don’t want research being publicized that hurts our economic growth.
I don’t like it but I also take my piece of personal responsibility in this fiasco. I like living in a rich nation with shopping malls and sewage treatment plants. I enjoy a plate of cheap and tasty sashimi. I love the fact that I’ve tried a dragon fruit. All these things would not be possible without a global market that Canada is struggling to stay strong in. Science that irrefutably tells us that such a luxurious lifestyle is killing the planet one species at a time is a guilt trip far harder to ignore than any our parents have ever dished out.
And it made me think, what am I willing to give up to save the polar bears?