It is no secret that as our societies begin to encroach on environmental ecosystems, the species that belong to these delicately balanced circles fall victim to industry. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Especially when our need for industry is only as a means to provide nothing more than money to a very select few individuals. This is exactly what is presently happening throughout British Columbia, Canada. Enabled by a series of acts carried out by corrupt politicians and money hungry businessmen such as Premier Gordon Campbell and ROR power. The species at risk: Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, and any other creature who depends on the pristine free flowing water sheds of British Columbia.
Bill C-30: Canada's Clean Air and Climate Change Act
The first thing that I notice when scrolling through Legislative Summaries pertaining to Bill C-30 is the inaccessibility of anything straightforward and digestible. Just to glance at this longwinded maelstrom of political jargon is enough to give any sensible human being a headache. However, one thing that does stand out in this muddy puddle of confusion is a statement that reads as follows: "Most of Bill C-30 is made up of amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999". The goal of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act was to: contribute to sustainable development - development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The act was also designed to encourage greater citizen input into decision-making. With the implementation of Bill C-30, future generations ability to meet their own needs will be severely jeopardized. Furthermore, it removes citizen input into decision-making with regards to our natural resources. While disabling the public it enables foreign industry. More specifically American Industry. The United States of America is a state that has literally "consumed" itself and can no longer survive within the confines of its own borders. Their solution: exploit foreign resources to fuel their demand for consumption. Well, now Canada's resources are under attack. It is time to stand up and protect what is rightfully ours: our resources, our land, our rivers. The U.S. is not the enemy in this case, rather, they are a friend in need of help. However, just like any friend in need of help, their solution must come from within. The real enemy here is greed.