Sunday, April 08, 2007

Should Global Warming Solutions Start At Home?

Happy Easter my inshutis. I hope you all had a blast

A couple of days back, Hopes showed me pictures he was about to upload on to his Flickr page (find one attached here-below). His excitement emanated from the fact that he captured with utmost clarity, the Toronto Skyline from the Hamilton Mountains, which is a distance of about 90 km (56 miles).


Hopes' snap depicting beauty and the beast. Dofasco (above)
accounts for 14.6% area pollution. Both Dofasco & Stelco
have agreed to pay for clean up. Source: Hamilton Spectator


I am not bringing this up to brag about his camera, but rather, the evidence of thick gas emissions from Ontario’s largest Steel Industries (Dafasco Industries and Stelco Inc.) located in our city of Hamilton. According to Environment Canada (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program) Dafasco alone contributes 14.6% of this area's total emissions and Stelco Inc. 11.5% which is, by simple calculation, a national emission accumulation of 2.6% by both polluters.

According to a similar report, large Industries in this country have emitted into the atmosphere more than 4.5 billion kilograms of pollutants that cause health complications like cancer, respiratory ailments et al. and environmental degradation that accelerates climate change and yet the current regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act that supposedly set national air quality standards, are so flimsy they might as well not exist, owing to the mere fact that they do not trigger any punitive action to violations.

The way climate change is hastily affecting us, it’s up to all of us to commence responsible energy consumption other than laying all the blame onto Industries and Governments. I for one signed a petition against the central government’s planned giveaway of Mabira forest in Uganda, but as petitioning locals, aren’t we late or indeed exhibiting double standards after doing virtually nothing for decades as this forest reserve got depleted for her wood resources, new settlements and farming by the local peasants around her? Shouldn't we - the media, Ugandan environmentalists, anybody agitating against gov't's move today, have tried fighting for the forest ages back?

Like wise a vast majority of Canadians that responded to a recent poll thought that the environment should be the top priority of Ottawa than terrorism and Afghanistan; that they are personally careful to avoid polluting; and that Ottawa should do more to be involved in the International politics of global warming. The million dollar question is, are we individually trying hard to avoid polluting the world or is it just lip service?

I am of the opinion that both the Provincial and Federal gov’ts agree on how to decrease on the supply of energy to consumers other than leaving the initiative to us. If all of us knew that on a certain day between say 10:00pm to 6:00am there will be power cuts but only enough to run essential services like hospitals, then I am sure we will all plan on alternatives like running our clocks on batteries, pouring buckets of water into toilets than flushing or even using energy reserving bulbs that actually save on energy. I believe this fight is contagious. If charity begins at home, I am convinced that big time polluters will finally jump onto this band wagon as a result.

The problem is the difficulty of putting these abstract thoughts into action, because to be fair choices are sometimes difficult. However, if people in Uganda, Rwanda and other developing countries can live relatively comfortably in their world of energy shortage and power cuts, why can’t we?

40 Comments:

Blogger jovialjitterz said...

Happy Easter lovely one! i shall be back to comment on this post but i wanted to wish you well before the season ended. Much love always, Bless!

Sunday, April 08, 2007 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Aoko said...

Thanks for the Easter message; I hope yours was blessed also! Sorry I didn't post this sooner. LORD bless!

Monday, April 09, 2007 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Monique Gateretse said...

Niko, power cuts and supply regulation are good ideas, but, only if nobody cheats with a generator. People can sometimes be very uncompromising.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger countryboy said...

that picture, dear jane, may be revealing but you havent really seen what toxic fumes endless cars vooming on our roads excrete. second-hand cars in africa, and the bad air they fart, is one of the biggest danger to the environment and cause of global warming. the solution lies in our government banning the importation of second hand cars because they are biggest vomiters (if there is such a word) of carbon dioxide emissions that pollute the environment and lead to global warming.
and did u know we can reduce the threat of global warming if our governments came out to support such initiatives that offer alternative energy sources like bio gas? the U.S. is nowadays depending more on solar energy, geothermal, and bio-energy in order to reduce on dangerous carbo dioxide dripping gases that are the major cause of global warming. if we could do that and protect our dear natural resources like mabira forest, there there would be a silver lining behind the our dark cloud.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 3:30:00 PM  
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

People, CO2 does not cause global warming, it follows it. Go to google videos and then click down on the right hand side of your screen and click on The Great Global Warming Swindol and watch it. Then please download it and burn it on DVD and hand it out to as many people as you can.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Omar said...

Have you heard the news from Kampala today? Two Indians have been lynched during a demonstration to save the forest. It's sad that people have to take such extreme measures to be heard!

My wife, after a long time, is now in Uganda visiting relatives. She is shocked and astounded at the environmental degradation that she is seeing. It's called 'progress' and 'development'. With Canada being at he top of the 'developed' world - I can only imagine how bad the damage is!

Thursday, April 12, 2007 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Kariba said...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

@Jov & Aoko; merci bien.

@Monique; Great point there gal. U can take a horse to the river but can not force it to drink.

@Dennis; thats exactly my point. We leave alot to gov't and forget we have a role to play. It has to start with us so that we can respect and appreciate by-laws intended to clean up the air.

Start by boycotting timber processed goods i.e. furniture, roof linings etc; old cars without proof of emission test et al.

U.S.A depends less on alternative energy at the moment. 45% of our smog in Ontario alone comes from USA (Detroit)...talk of atmospheric toxic dumping...

@Dave; 80% of scientists can not all be wrong.

@Omar; I learnt of the lynching on the news here in Canada. Organizers should be held liable for a loss of a human life. For one of the lady organizers to attempt to justify this occurance by deflection is UNACCEPTABLE!!

It eroded the good intentions of this protest! Terrible moment of revelation

Saturday, April 14, 2007 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Sandra White said...

I have never, ever been afraid of the "Gaia Now!" crowd and their hair-brained schemes. The built-in safeguards of market disincentives will correct much fuzzy thinking on this issue.

Once the true costs and the ridiculously marginal benefits become clear (in ways not even pathetic J-school grads can safely obscure) there will be a sudden and passionate interest in what the science is actually telling us. It is not a good time to be David Suzuki.

Saturday, April 14, 2007 1:36:00 PM  
Blogger joshi said...

Im totally against killing of humans in such a pathetic way but from wat i know, one chap was killed coz he drove his car into the peaceful demonstration then tried to run away and was lynched. His bad driving left some the kid's band in hospital and a journalist was run over.The other chap, i have no reason why he was lynched but it was sad. Im not saying that it deserved that mad driving right to be lynched but at times we have ourselves to blame. Wit all the tensions happening around and the way some xters, surely those chaps must have had the sense to stay in their homes till tempers cooled down, but no use talking about when they are dead now or maybe im 'tinkering'

Saturday, April 14, 2007 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger eddiie said...

...i got the Mabira bit..am telling you its hell in Kampala at the moment.

In just a few days, an indian has been killed,and two other Ugandans.This was when some big wigs in the government organised a match against the whole mabira issue....

Global warming is not an issue in as far as Africa is concerned...But its really an issue which needs to be taken care of..

the pic.. even scares the more..

Sunday, April 15, 2007 1:22:00 PM  
Blogger F. Safari said...

Niko, as long as science and statistics continue with this contradictory path, nothing will come between me and my luxuries. Period.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous kari said...

The models that calculate the rate of terrestrial temperature increase, due to greenhouse gases, assuming the solar heat output is constant. Without the sun, greenhouse gases would be a moot point.

Isn't it possible that the sun also goes through its own ups and downs, causing the solar thermal output to fluctuate and that the assumed fixed solar output needed to make the greenhouse gas model work, is a naive assumption?

It could be correct, but that has yet to be proven

Monday, April 16, 2007 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger jovialjitterz said...

so several days later, i come back and realize that i should have read this earlier but better late than never right?

I feel torn about this current criticism of the Mabira issue, and it seems (like it surely always does seem) that not the whole story is being told/heard. on the one hand, some say that the part of the forest being given away has long been tree-less and therefore they'd be no harm in giving it away. others say that it's the start of a never ending cycle of harmful handouts that will eventually lead to our downfall. but one thing remains true, we are slowly wiping ourselves out and i read somewhere that by the time we exhaust all our natural fossils (and this isn't such a long time) the earth will be practically impossible to live on... thanks to our negligence of this important issue of the ozone layer and global warming.

In class last week, we were talking about the importance of eliminating stereotypes and false attributions when one student said, "no worries, global warming is going to be the end of us anyway, never mind racism and all that" we laughed but she is so right if you think about it.

and now, for the part that i tend to lean to with all your posts Jane: what shall we do? Whatever it is, we ALL better do it, and we need to do it soon so give me a shout when you've got the 'operation save the world' memo. in the meantime, incessant prayer seems to be my only solution.

PS: sorry for almost spamming your comments section.

Bless!

Monday, April 16, 2007 3:01:00 PM  
Blogger Aoko said...

It's been a while since you blogged; is all well? Bless!

Saturday, June 02, 2007 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger eddiie said...

You are more than lost..are we expecting anything big from you any time soon....

Don`t tell me you are almost thinking of qitiing blogger...

Monday, June 18, 2007 8:25:00 AM  
Blogger cb said...

nawe rafiki, i get dejected every time i come...u kno. i kno ur so busy but can't u bless yo brothers with sthing fresh??

Friday, June 29, 2007 2:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Omar said...

I hope you are and your family are well. I do hope too, you will soon post some thing. It has been TOO long!

God bless you and your family.

Sunday, July 01, 2007 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeni muka Ssebo, we are back. We've been back for two weeks now, to be precise. Tukubire kukasimu. Abaffe, U moved. Eh?

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger joshi said...

Masenge, urihe?

Saturday, July 07, 2007 2:47:00 PM  
Blogger S.A.G.E said...

Firstie here. Like u aint posted in a long time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger eddiie said...

i still keep waitin for the day you will come back to bloggers.....
we miss you...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 2:45:00 AM  
Blogger ألاسمحاجّ said...

O.k. Jane, it's August already! I wish you'd post more often; yours is one the few blogs that I'm most inspired to read from...and you're doing an awfully long 'hiatus'? now. Please come back soon!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007 2:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Omar said...

Hello Jane! What's going on? You have taken just too long to post. I hope you and your family are well.

God bless you!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 3:32:00 AM  
Blogger joshi said...

masenge amakuru yawe?..u know i moved house..im now wwww.semambo.wordpress.com

come to the press side, will u?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 4:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Omar said...

Whatever it is, that hasn't allowed you back to posting - I do wish you and your family all the best.

There aren't many who write as well as you do, especially in relation to very important issues and Uganda. Very hopefully, you will return to posting.

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Anonymous Minty said...

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Blogger Omar Basawad said...

I am delighted that you will get back to posting. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Merry Chrsitmas and New Year.

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