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Monday, November 7, 2022

These Endless Climate "Talks" Tanka

No More Fairy Tales, III
written to this "ridiculously photogenic" Talker, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, the fourth most polluting country per capita in 2022, a country of gas-guzzling car enthusiasts.

COP 1, 2, 3 ...
these endless climate talks 
like crows' caw-caw-caw --
between Canada's plan and action
this Nunavut-sized gap

FYI: Top 5 most polluting countries per capita in 2022: Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United States of America. And Latest Canada’s Changing Climate Report, 2019

Canada is warming on average at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, a new scientific report indicates...Canada's Arctic has seen the deepest impact and will continue to warm at more than double the global rate.

And The Tyee, May 23, 2019Canada’s Cars Are World’s Worst Gas Guzzlers

A recent report by the International Energy Agency shows that Canada’s vehicles have the highest average fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre driven. They are also the largest and the second heaviest in the world...

And CBC News, Nov. 14Canada gets low marks for its efforts to tackle climate change in the new Climate Change Performance Index presented at COP27, scoring 58th out of 63 countries evaluated.

But the federal government says they’re starting to make changes to improve the country’s standing.

And CBC News, Nov. 16The Arctic community, Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada, falling into the ocean 

The Arctic hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., is collapsing into the ocean as it loses up to a metre of coastline each year. The people who live there are in a race against time to preserve their way of life — and their community — before it is washed away.

Powerful storm waves and thawing permafrost causing erosion are collapsing Tuk’s coastline by about one metre each year.

The hamlet of about 1,000 people, mostly Inuvialuit, are in a race against time to preserve their way of life — and their community — before it is washed away.

In about 50 years time, “the health care centre, the college and even half of the cemetery will be gone,” said Whalen, unless there’s physical intervention.

And For my poetic responses to COP26, see my "Special Feature" post, "Haiku and Tanka Selected for the COP26 Summit)