Sudbury letters: How to fight climate change; reader dislikes PM, columnist

Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg speaks after the climate strike march in Montreal, Quebec, Canada September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Andrej Ivanov ORG XMIT: GGG-MON138 ANDREJ IVANOV / REUTERS

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Simple things you can do to fight climate change

As you all may know, climate change is one of the biggest issues our generation is facing and will face in the future. The science is available; all the research is there. All the countless times you’ve seen people speak about it and seen students base projects around it. You guys are well aware of the global issues we are facing; the time to act is now.

You may be wondering what you can do to help. Starting simple, cutting down on your red meat meals will help, even if it’s only one meal a week. The agriculture industry produces a lot of methane, which builds up four times faster than CO2, and it’s becoming a serious problem.

Secondly, what you can do is keep your house one degree warmer in the summer and hotter in the winter. It will save money and reduce 2,000 pounds of CO2 you emit a year. Even carpooling will help reduce the use of emissions by doubling up on the use of one trip of gas, which is already reduced by half because you’re getting double the use out of the gas.

Next, if it is in your price range, you can invest in a hybrid vehicle or an electric car, which eliminates if not all, almost all emissions produced by a car. Also involving vehicles, you can take the transit, bike or even walk if it’s close enough to where you need to go.

You can even join a youth-led movement (for students) or participate in peaceful assemblies fighting the fact that we aren’t doing more for climate change then we should be. You can even gather friends and brainstorm more ideas and do things together, which motivates you to make a change.

The last method I want to point out is the election is coming up; vote for someone who has a strong platform in combating climate change and doing good things to help the environment and our future.

Every little thing helps and getting yourself and family and friends educated helps the subject by getting them to participate in helping the climate, too. Thank you for reading this article and I hope this inspires you to help.


Miranda Charbonneau




Reader not a fan of Trudeau or Ruth Farquhar

I think that I have bought the Sudbury Star since I came to Sudbury some 50 years ago and I really like it and would never think of not buying it, but I find Ruth Farquhar’s column constantly bashing the hell out of all men goes beyond the pale.

So rather than quitting The Star, I will stop reading Farquhar’s column.

On another matter, I watched the entire federal leaders’ debate and was very disappointed with the fact it looked like nobody did their homework.

No mention at all about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau wanting to force our banks to reveal everything to his government and it took a huge backlash to put a complete stop to that idea.

Very little mention of Trudeau telling the people so many lies that it boggles the mind.

No mention at all about the report about him being the worst prime minister of all time, plus the fact he has added untold billions to our debt that he and his dad (former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau) are largely responsible for.

Then there was his spiel about protecting jobs in Quebec after treating two or three of his government members in a despicable manner.

So folks, unless you want this guy to add more billions to our federal debt for another four years, deep-six him before we end up with debt in the trillions.

I may be long in the tooth now and I may be gone before we are treated to four more years of Trudeau’s type of bad government, but as I said, we can always judge the future by the past and his past is rather telling.


John Oattes