Pro Tem is the Bilingual Newspaper of Glendon College. Founded in 1962, it is York University’s oldest student-run publication, and Ontario’s first bilingual newspaper. All content is produced and edited by students, for students.

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Pro Tem est le journal bilingue du Collège Glendon. Ayant été fondé en 1962, nous sommes la publication la plus ancienne de l’Université York ainsi que le premier journal bilingue en Ontario. Tout le contenu est produit et édité par les étudiants, pour les étudiants.

Climate Change and Social Justice

Climate Change and Social Justice

Would you like to be in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of December or be in a snowsuit in July? Climate Change is the change in global climate patterns attributed by the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by fossil fuels. It’s ruining our world, it is becoming a serious problem in our environment in fact, in my opinion it is the biggest problem. However, many governments around the globe have trouble understanding the severity of climate change.

Many of the first world middle to upper class countries do not suffer this environmental catastrophe due to the ability to adapt and deal with issues. Furthermore, first world countries do not suffer as economically and resourcefully compared to second world countries. Climate change is something that cannot be delayed or put aside because of its gradually slow increase of danger. Governments need to fix this issue right away, people don’t recognize the significance of our environment. Humans believe that technology is helping the environment decrease the danger of fossil fuels yet, people still consume large amounts of it.

The Canadian and United States governments make policies such as the transboundary water and air agreements. When the citizens see this news they retain the information, and believe the problem is the government does not enforce them enough. The second and third world countries are suffering from social justice in the world from the developed countries. These countries most likely do not have the resources or money to temporarily decrease the effects of climate change. This means that these countries suffer dramatically, and countries like Canada and US make minimal change.

First world countries need to step up for themselves and others who are in need, they need to recognize that this Earth is shared.  Countries or even Continents that are on opposite sides of the hemisphere will have similar temperatures yearly due to climate change if it worsens. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the most damaged place on Earth due to climate change the temperature increase caused a bleaching effect on the coral. Eventually, if this issue is not resolved in approximately three decades the coral will die-off which means so will marine life. Humans do not recognize the destruction that they are creating every day, and it’s because the government does not enforce it enough.

Climate change is a social justice issue because it attacks the human civil and political rights. Going into deeper depth, climate change affects the rights to life, safety of food and water, lastly the right of culture. Climate change results from pollution, chemicals and arise of natural resources. This leads to illness from air pollution, pesticides on food and natural disasters. In places such as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) we have the suburbs, downtown, and the rural areas. As of 2013, the population of the downtown area has tripled over the amount of people who live in the suburbs which means that downtown would have more pollution compared to Vaughan.

It does make sense that the bigger the population is the more pollution however, is that a good relationship to have. Wouldn’t you rather live in one of the nicest and cleanest cities in the world for the rest of your life? The municipal governments should take this into consideration to clean up downtown Toronto because thousands of people could get sick. There is one statement I want to make to the municipal government of Toronto. There are people already experiencing serious illnesses or worse related to issues and causes of climate change, now is the time to do something. Don’t push the problem aside fix it now!


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