At the Fairmont Hotel where we stayed were some old photos, showing Victoria Glacier in the 1920s. Victoria Glacier feeds into Lake Louise. I was shocked by the comparison between how far the glacier stretched down to the lake in the 1920s compared to the 2014 photos.
We have had days of city and inner suburb disruption because of the Extinction Rebellion. The disruptions aren't too serious and don't last too long, but have received a lot of publicity. I would therefore say they are effective.
But how much better to get your point across with humour, as we came across at the Arts Centre.
The conversation between the dining coal barons was as you would imagine. "Don't worry about that uneducated rabble up the back. They have no idea about how economies work". It was all about profit as they handed the mesmeric piece of coal back and forth between their hands. It was very funny. We lunched and returned to the nearby tram stop and they were gone. There is a limit to standing in cold water.
I came across this photo on the internet. A woman being manhandled by gendarmes in Paris as she protested against the Vietnam War in the 1970s was once again manhandled by gendarmes decades later as she protested against climate change as part of the Extinction Rebellion. Sitting on your arse at a computer and signing Change.org petitions won't change the world but it may help.
While the real polluters now may be third world countries, we in the West need to take a lead. Per head of population we in Western countries are the worst polluters on our planet. Individuals can't do a lot. It has to come from our governments and it is now up to them. Our Federal Government has no obvious plans to reduce our emissions or help other countries. It has no passion for the environment at all. It is appalling and only concerned with economic growth, via a high migration level.