Not quite sure how I stumbled across this! If memory serves correctly, it was a link from some site or other to an article entitled “7 Things You Can’t Say in Canada”. The link was to ReadersDigest.ca (of all places!), and the list had been compiled by Margaret Wente – a writer who tells it like it is! In her intro, Wente notes that she is offering:
a challenge to a few of our nation’s most widely held beliefs. You say these things in public at your own peril. I will be elaborating on these points over the months to come. Feel free to stone me or secretly agree—or, even better, add to the list. At the very least, they’re sure to start a good dinner-party fight.
My fave is No. 4:
From global warming to farmed salmon and genetically modified crops, David Suzuki has just one message: The End is Nigh.
He is our homegrown prophet of doom who preaches the essential wickedness of the human race. Like a modern Savonarola, he warns that unless we cast our material possessions into the bonfire, we’re all going to hell.
The trouble with this apocalyptic vision is that people are starting to tune out. And our hugely expensive investment in the unworkable Kyoto treaty, which Mr. Suzuki tells us doesn’t go nearly far enough, will crowd out more practical measures to cut smog and clean up our waste sites.
Anyone familiar with Suzuki’s schtick will find it difficult to disagree with Wente’s summary. And right on cue – as if to prove her point – Suzuki’s latest (circa August 14) doomsaying gambit begins … and ends:
Preventing illness is the best way to get health-care costs down. So why aren’t governments doing more to protect the environment? We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water, and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized.
With the world’s human population now at seven billion and growing, and the demand for technology and modern conveniences increasing, we can’t control all our negative impacts. But we have to find better ways to live within the limits nature and its cycles impose. Our physical health and survival, and the health of our economies, depend on it.
I look forward to Wente’s “elaboration” :-)