|Canada sucks. How is your country doing?|
What do Canada, Australia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Saudi Arabia have in common? All compete for last place in the 2014 Climate Performance Index, which ranks countries on their climate change performance.
My own country, Canada, ranks a dismal 58th out of the 61 countries listed, in between Iran and Australia. Our rating was "very poor" which does not surprise me since our current petro-government is now considering anyone for clean air and against fossil fuels as a "threat to national security".
"As in the previous year, Canada still shows no intention of moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialised countries."
Here are a few ways you can help your country shoot for one of the three empty top spots (a "very good" rating) on the index. Or for Canada, just a move into the "poor" category would be a major improvement.
Improving Your Personal Climate Change Performance
- take public transportation
- unless it's an emergency, don't fly
- heat your home with wood, preferably from the waste stream (wood pellets are made from waste saw dust, for example)
- sign up for renewable grid energy if it is available in your area
- drive less, walk and bike more
- when buying new appliances make sure they are energy efficient
- use hand tools/kitchen aides
- go off grid - generate your own power (solar, wind, micro-hydro)
- be an energy miser and never, ever waste energy
- write to your political representatives to tell them you resent being labelled an "anti-petroleum terrorist", and prefer being called a "pro-clean energy advocate", or simply a "human who cares"
- join marches, demonstrations, sit-ins, forums, and pro-clean energy celebrations and show your support for renewable energy policies
- don't work for them, and don't buy their products (as much as this is possible)
- ask the nice lady (or man) at the bank if any of your investments are in the dirty energy sector, and if so, divest and tell her or him why you are doing so
- when researching who to vote for, ask all political candidates about their position on climate change policies - tell them you will not vote for candidates that are anti-environment petroleum activists
I hate to say it, but my homeland currently sucks badly with its dismal leadership at the highest level on so many fronts, especially in reducing our impact on global climate change.
How is your country doing in its transition to a renewable future?