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LETTERS: For and against Extinction Rebellion's Macdonald Bridge protest in Halifax

A small group of protesters refuse to stop their blockade of the Macdonald bridge in Dartmouth on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, as police move in to make arrests. - Tim Krochak
A small group of protesters refuse to stop their blockade of the Macdonald bridge in Dartmouth on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, as police move in to make arrests. - Tim Krochak

Climate activists barking up the wrong tree

I recycle, compost and try really hard to be good to the environment. Yeah, I drive a Silverado, but get over it. I can afford it and I live in the Western (free) world.

Climate activists whine to our politicians that we Canadians are the devil, yet we have more trees than any country and we probably plant more than any other has, each year.

We are 37 million people out of a global population of, what, seven billion? Yeah, we're gonna fix the problem. Why don’t you protest in, oh, I don't know, China, India, Russia, Africa and all the other Third World countries? Guess what? They don’t care. Ever see pictures of some of these cities? Smoke so thick you can’t see, let alone breathe.

There was a climate protest in Halifax late last month; they closed down major arteries at rush hour — no smog there from all the people held up in traffic. Then they closed down the Macdonald Bridge at rush hour, no smog there.

We try to do a lot when it comes to renewable energy: solar, wind, hydro power. Pick on someone who deserves it, like some countries that mainly rely on burning coal. Oh, right. They don’t care. Do I have the answers? No. But stop wasting our resources.

Dana Taylor, HRM

An inconvenient truth

It was discouraging to see the outrage over Extinction Rebellion’s decision to temporarily close the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax. It is an indication that people are not ready to get serious about climate change and loss of biodiversity. We want change — but only as long as it doesn’t inconvenience us. Most scientists agree that we, or our descendants, will experience far more than inconvenience if we don’t take action soon. Business as usual will not result in change. 

(And yes, for those of you who love to look for every possible sign of hypocrisy in people who are advocating for action, I am aware that I don’t live in Halifax and that I did not have to experience the inconvenience.)

Sheila Henderson, St. Alphonse

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