It’s Ok to Talk About Climate Change

By Malcolm Boothroyd

Stephen Harper. Michael Ignatieff. Sometimes in life there are conversations that we have to have, whether we want to or not. We can pretend that these things don’t exist, but ignoring them won’t make them go away. Sooner or later we’ll have to get over the awkwardness and embarrassment we have around these things, sit down and have a chat about them. Your children want you to know that it’s OK to talk about climate change.

Like it or not things are changing. We aren’t living in the innocent little young planet that we used to live on. Our planet is changing and we have to be aware of that. We can try to forget about climate change by only talking about things we want to talk about, like fighter jets, jails and tax cuts. These are all topics that are important to us but none of them threaten the survival of humans as a species. So we have to choke back our squeamish feelings and just start talking about it. It won’t be that bad. It’s OK to talk about climate change.

All of your world leader friends who you see on the playground have already had this discussion. Angela Merckel, Jens Stoltenberg, Laura Chinchilla, Evo Morales, Jacob Zuma and Mohamed Nasheed are not afraid to talk about it. You shouldn’t be either. It’s OK to talk about climate change.

Stephen Harper. Michael Ignatieff. You can only turn a blind eye for so long. The youth of Canada want to sit down with you and have a conversation about this. It’s OK to talk about climate change.

Malcolm lives in Whitehorse, YK and was a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP-16 in Cancun.

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