For 84-year-old Ray Haynes, former secretary treasurer of the B.C. Federation of Labour, the arrest on the White Rock tracks was his first. Others who joined Haynes on the tracks included internationally acclaimed environmental economist Mark Jaccard, retired environmental scientist Peter Nix and Lynn Quarmby, chair of molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University.
Haynes told the Courier Sept. 28 that he believes civil disobedience is both legitimate and necessary as a way to try to stop our disastrous plunge into climate destabilization.
Quarmby recently told The Tyee online newspaper that “either we all just give up and ride to hell in a hand basket, or we do what we can and hope that maybe, with people around the world doing what they can, something will change. At the very least, I will know that I didn’t just give up.”
At the Copenhagen Summit last year, America once more failed to lead the world, despite being the historic worst polluter. The failure of the Copenhagen Summit has been called the Munich of our times. So many government leaders from so many countries still act as if the problem is small, despite the report of the Intergovernmenal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – as Nick puts it in the first WorldHeat show:
"In 2007 the IPCC rocked our world and caused real change," he went on, his eyes on the screen. "Their report said we had reached a tipping point in global warming. With it, they changed the debate from If, to What and When."
Not If, but When.
And a tipping point reached.
Ecowarriors have reached that stage – not If but What and When, and are starting to fight for the earth.
And a majority of Americans now believe that global warming is taking place. The European Union is starting to fight the war against global warming. Many want to learn more about climate change. Robert Redford recommends turning the tables by taking polluters to court.