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Sudbury letters: Children fighting for a future; boardwalk idea

Sudbury Star

Hundreds of students took part in the Fridays for Future climate rally at Laurentian University earlier this month. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

Sudbury children fighting for a future

Thank you for the coverage of the May 3rd Fridays For Future climate strike in Greater Sudbury. They need all citizens at the city council meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The October 2018 IPCC Special Report on 1.5 C shows that limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5C is achievable, but will require an unprecedented transformation in our society. The world has already warmed by one degree. Currently, with business as usual actions, the world is on track to a world warming above 3C, which would lead to massive suffering and a violent breakdown of civilization because of famine, water wars and mass migration in the lifetime of the next generation.

The youth are literally fighting to save their future.

All levels of government must act and they need the people to tell them to do it now.

We are in a climate emergency. More than 10 million Canadians live in cities and municipalities that have declared climate emergencies. And parliamentary motions have been introduced in Ottawa in the House of Commons and by the New Democratic Party of Ontario at Queen’s Park for Canada and Ontario respectively to declare climate emergencies.

Thank you for listening to Sophia. She is only afraid of one thing: herself or people that she loves dying from climate impacts. For over six months she has been asking for all adults to “cooperate and follow expert advice including the Paris Agreement, the Lancet Countdown, the IPCC and the Nobel Prize economists.”

Sudbury has a special place in the Fridays For Future movement. Canada was the first country in the Americas to conduct a Fridays For Future strike in solidarity with Greta Thunberg on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, and it took place in Greater Sudbury when my daughter Sophia skipped school and sat in Memorial Park.

During their Feb. 1 strike, they asked adults to get our city to declare a climate emergency and two grandmothers, Jane Cox and Carole Lavallee, went straight to work. They asked Laurentian University scientists to endorse their strikes, and Adam Kirkwood and Dr. Brett Buchanan received more than 100 signatures from scientists supporting them.

Mayor Brian Bigger, MPs Paul Lefebvre and Marc Serré, MPPs Jamie West and MPP France Gélinas have listened to the pleas of my daughter and her friends, and that has empowered them to keep fighting. They can’t do it alone. They need your help.

On Tuesday, join these brave youth in the council chambers. Two grandmothers and Fridays For Future youth will present a petition with more than 2,000 signatures urging city council to declare Greater Sudbury is in a state of climate emergency. Come and take part in history.

Cathy Orlando

Here is an idea for the boardwalk

Every once in a while, as a volunteer driver in the transportation department of the Red Cross squiring seniors to their various appointments, if I have an hour or so layover and if I am near Bell Park I will go for a walk along the boardwalk.

I usually will pause where two metal beams protrude out of the ground over the shoreline, wondering what they were originally used for, but also thinking they can be repurposed as a deck for a bench, similar to others scattered around the park.

Lay down deck boards, deck fencing along both sides and glass at the front edge to allow a clear view of the lake. Steps from the deck to the walkway.

I can picture couples spending their time reminiscing about their past or planning their future in a very pleasant setting. I suspect it would be the most popular bench in the park.

In fact, the city might have to add a ”next” number dispenser to allow others to use it.

Of course, the city, in its bureaucratic mindset, would have to conduct an engineering study to see if those two one-foot thick beams will support the weight of two adults and a bench. Seems a shame to just leave those beams as is without putting them to good use, in this case, a nice touch to the park.

Arne Suutari

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