In my February column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen, I discussed how 2007 may well be remembered as a pivotal year as far as environmental issues are concerned. Specifically, it will be remembered as the year when governments finally recognized climate change or global warming as a significant issue that needs to be addressed. The problem of course is that governments tend to be very short-sighted and climate change requires long-term solutions. In the short-term in terms of the conservation of our fish and wildlife heritage, the more pressing concern is how the exploitation of our climate-altering resources is destroying fish and wildlife habitat. Perhaps governments should act to conserve all our resources for the benefit of our grandchildren. Or do our grandchildren really not matter. If you look at how we treat our environment, you would think they don’t.
So, what’s wrong with that?