Couldn't be more true Rolly. I remember when I was a child at school, adults would come to visit us and tell us that we will be the next leaders and that we have to prepare ourselves (through education) to take on the challenges that we will face. I can honestly say that none of us really understood what that meant, but now its clear--to me anyway--that we are failing to meet the challenges of our time.
At 47 years of age, I am ashamed of the lack of interest and influence my generation has had on important issues, like Climate Change, that are affecting us now and will continue to shape our world for many years to come. Its time to step up and to not be afraid to tell the truth, no matter how difficult it may be for some to hear.
This is why I decided to attend Al Gore's Climate Reality Project training sessions in Chicago last week. Now I can help ordinary Canadians like me, better understand this challenge and how we can not only overcome it together, but transform Canada into a stronger, more sustainable nation for many generations.
While climate change can be a depressing topic, I am excited about the new business and job opportunities climate change will bring. Canadians have the brain power, ingenuity and gumption to become leaders in the new global Green economy. I hope that we will take up the challenge, sooner rather than later.
Thank you for sharing your letter with the Unpublished Ottawa audience.