Our dedicated board members were asked two questions recently by qathet Living Magazine:
- Give an example of interesting changes you’ve made to address the climate emergency.
- What are your hopes for the planet?
We’re sharing our answers below.
Bill Lytle McGhee
- I have been active for ten years in climate activism. I live a low-carbon lifestyle: electric car and home heating, no flying, minimizing meat consumption and over-packaged groceries.
- I hope for urgent action by the powers that be to help reduce future harm and preserve our descendants’ quality of life.
- I am the proud owner of an electric bike and a heat pump.
- We desperately need courageous political leadership, and corporate responsibility to keep oil and gas in the ground. I want my daughter and all children to have a life.
- I’m deeply grateful to those who risk and give to stop the “machine”, i.e. people like Jessica Ernst, Freda Huson, Lynne Quarmby, Romilly Cavanaugh, & Four Arrows. I support them as best I can.
- Miracles are possible, but the hope that inspires me is what Vaclav Havel spoke of – not the conviction something will turn out well, but the “certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out”.
- I was President of qCA for 8 years and facilitated the publication of the Eco City Footprint. I drive an electric car, installed a heat pump and composting toilet. I have read every major climate report from the IPCC and federal and provincial documents.
- We need world emissions to reduce by 50% by 2030.
- We purchased e-bikes, a heat pump for our daughter’s house, advocated for a right to dry clothes outside in multi-family residences in BC.
- We hope that governments will listen to the science and help citizens make the fundamental changes necessary.
- Many hours, dollars, and an arrest for peaceful civil disobedience, to support Indigenous land defenders and other system changes.
- Successful grassroots mobilization for a more democratic and less ecologically destructive economic system, to avoid civilization collapse.
- I am engaged in improving science, hydro-climatic, ethics & human factors literacy through teaching, scholarship, bravery and by being an ally to Indigenous peoples .
- We sit on our hands while the poorest nations in the world struggle with the most egregious impacts of climate change. This entitled view of the world won’t last forever.