Letter to the Editor
The Significance of Climate Actions
On September 27, millions of youth around the world marched with the not so young, all of them demanding that governments take action to counter the planet’s slow death as a result of various sources of pollution that are possible to manage.
As a result of its empty words, representative democracy in all its forms was thus summoned by angry and exasperated people. Their conscience that this form of democracy, unrepresentative of the governed, is an aggravating factor in the earth’s decline was expressed through the slogan echoed in all cities: System Change, Not Climate Change!
The claim being laid here is for harmonious relations between humans and nature, the condition for which is the prior establishment of harmonious relations among humans themselves.
To be governed without having a say and to be massively exploited so that a handful of people can live extravagantly is the unharmonious relation. No one can claim they are unaware of this as we all suffer because of it. As all those who impose this state of affairs on us also know very well. In short, it’s not a secret for anyone.
Through such a destructive relationship (maximum profit, poverty, hunger, infant mortality, growing social inequality) at the base of social dysfunction, how can anyone expect a healthy relation between that chaotic social environment and its ensuing victim, the natural environment?
One needn’t ponder long to understand that the slogan System Change, Not Climate Change! can only mean Let’s Provide Ourselves with the Power to Govern Ourselves to Finally Decide Upon a Pro-Social Direction for the Economy Respectful of the Environment! Of course, that would take a lot longer to say, which explains why the original exists!!
The condition for our harmony with Mother Earth is harmony between ourselves, her offspring. Politically, the understanding of that relation has long been expressed by the Marxist-Leninist Party. Its candidates have always upheld that idea within the electorate. With time and through grace and tenacity, that idea will become the reality.
A Cegep professor in the Outaouais