Kai Nagata criticizes government’s response to climate change
July 12, 2011
July 12, 2011
Part of the highly circulated cri de coeur titled CTV Journalist Kai Nagata has quit his job — and he wants you to know why from a 24-year old now-former journalist includes articulate criticism of the Canadian federal government’s response to climate change.
Kai Nagata writes:
“On climate change, the conclusion I am forced to draw is that the current federal government has completely abdicated its responsibility. The message to my generation is: figure it out yourselves. The dogmatic refusal to accept that people have created this crisis and people must do what they can to avert it reminds me of the flat-earth crew. Except this time, we really are going to sail off the edge. We need to be recruiting international scientists, funding research, stimulating the green economy, legislating disincentives to fossil fuel use, and most importantly, reaching out and building alliances with the countries who are already taking a proactive stance. As an Arctic nation — a country of inventors, diplomats, and negotiators, we should be taking the lead in brokering global accords that might save the world as we know it. Instead we are closing ourselves off, alienating our neighbours, and looking inward, to our past achievements. In the interests of short-term political gain, and medium-term profits for energy companies, Conservative politicians are abandoning my generation and any that hope to come after.”
Our hat is off to Kai for voicing his strong opinions on this and other important subjects. We look forward to following his progress.