09 Jan '12, 7pm

What are governments for?

What are governments for?

As we begin a New Year, it's worth reflecting on how well our government has looked after the interests of its citizens, and where we might be heading. According to our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms , we are legally entitled to life, liberty, and security in Canada. But how can we fulfill that right without protecting the necessary preconditions for life: clean air and water and productive soils to grow food? These all come from and depend on natural functioning ecosystems. We can try to clean up water that has been polluted or grow food in a lab, but those strategies will cost much more than protecting the ecosystems before they are compromised. Natural functioning ecosystems (let's just call them "nature") supply resources that we all depend on to meet our basic needs and to survive. We need nature, including each other, more than anything else. We can't ...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2012/01/...

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