“They Have Set an Ambush for Themselves”

“They Have Set an Ambush for Themselves”
Posted on July 26, 2013 | Rolly Montpellier | Written on November 22, 2012
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Author's Note:

Author's Note:

This article/video was previously posted on my blog at boomerwarrior.org on November 22, 2012. It is being re-posted here the week of the Chicago Climate Reality Leadership Training Event.

This post provides a great backdrop for the gathering of close to one thousand people dedicated to climate change activism. The video provides a summary of 23 hours of presentations and dialogue featured during 24 Hours of Reality, the Dirty Weather Report.

We have quadrupled world population in less than 100 years, we have developed powerful technologies to use the earth’s resources in our quest for continuing economic growth.

85% of our energy comes from fossil fuels and we emit 90 million tons of pollution into the air every day. The consequences of doing this are clear. The evidence is indisputable.

This generation must dig down and bring out its best efforts to improve our world for future generations. That has always been the covenant. The next generations will ask one of two questions:

1. You were aware of the dire consequences of continuing the destructive practices (on a global scale) during your lifetime and did nothing about it. What were you thinking?

2. How did you find the moral courage and sense of purpose to face the gargantuan challenges of your times to improve the planet’s health for the well-being of future generations?

View the final hour of the 24 Hours of Reality, the Dirty Weather Report, with Al Gore:

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Roland (Rolly) Montpellier is the co-founder and Editor of Below2°C. He’s a climate activist, a climate communicator and a blogger. He’s a member of Climate Reality Canada, 350.Org (Ottawa), Citizens’ Climate Lobby (... More


Couldn't be more true Rolly. I remember when I was a child at school, adults would come to visit us and tell us that we will be the next leaders and that we have to prepare ourselves (through education) to take on the challenges that we will face. I can honestly say that none of us really understood what that meant, but now its clear--to me anyway--that we are failing to meet the challenges of our time.

At 47 years of age, I am ashamed of the lack of interest and influence my generation has had on important issues, like Climate Change, that are affecting us now and will continue to shape our world for many years to come. Its time to step up and to not be afraid to tell the truth, no matter how difficult it may be for some to hear.

This is why I decided to attend Al Gore's Climate Reality Project training sessions in Chicago last week. Now I can help ordinary Canadians like me, better understand this challenge and how we can not only overcome it together, but transform Canada into a stronger, more sustainable nation for many generations.

While climate change can be a depressing topic, I am excited about the new business and job opportunities climate change will bring. Canadians have the brain power, ingenuity and gumption to become leaders in the new global Green economy. I hope that we will take up the challenge, sooner rather than later.

Thank you for sharing your letter with the Unpublished Ottawa audience.

Rolly Montpellier

The benefits of attending the Climate Reality training are only starting to become obvious to me. The challenge ahead of us is daunting but for the first time in many years, I feel that I now have the tools to make a difference and the support of a large group of people who share my sense of urgency about dealing with climate change.

I look forward to working with you and many others in our drive to win the climate change conversation.