Not only did a single tear escape my eyes but a torrent at hearing the death of the Kyoto protocol in the Conservatives budget last night. I shed so much, doctors say I might be in a permanent state of dehydration.
But I woke up this morning with the Gatorade of new ideas and good intentions. My proposal: use your tax return to sponsor environmentally friendly initiatives and achieve your own little Kyoto. If the government kills a provided service and sponsors a tax break the shift that occurs is in the responsibility of the people to provide the service for themselves. Let me make this point perfectly clear, the CAPACITY to achieve Kyoto has not changed. In fact (in a strange way) the prospects have actually increased a little. Instead of blunderng government programs and off the mark service delivery (the government planned to buy emission credits to bail Canada out, the opposite of what a developed country was supposed to do) we now have the workings of a grass roots campaign funded by your tax return.
So invest in environmentally friendly initiatives. Use the money to buy energy effecient lights, support a wind farm, buy a solar panel, buy that fancy new bike and bike to work, take public transit (its cheaper now) and gobble up all the pollution credits you can and just hold them. This space is not the place for advertizing but I would be happy to suggest many of the excellent programs I have experience with, so please leave a comment.
I do wish to state that my proposal is mainly aimed to those of middle to higher income status who can afford such ventures. Lower income people deserve a tax break aimed directly at them and hopefully this proposal will meet the two goals of keeping Kyoto and helping to provide a government service for free that those of lower income couldnt afford.