Re: The Pernicious Principles of Bjorn Lomborg, by Lorna Salzman, HP210.
Birth Place: NYNY. Religion: None
Joann Robertson: 03/19/35. BA, Simon Fraser University, 1973. Birth Place: Dawson City
Yukon. Religion: None
The above information is relevant because, while we are the same age, our backgrounds are very different. This difference, I believe, is why we see the world through different lenses.
My world was far from cities, stores, "civilization." We ate moose meat. I have seen a lynx kill a rabbit. We played in the woods. My uncles delivered mail on sleds pulled by dog teams. We heated with wood. We did not have indoor plumbing. We shopped by catalogue. Respect for nature was necessary, it was all around us.
I am not a postmodernist. 1 deplore group identity politics. I believe that science and reason are the way to solve human problems.
My concern is that we have lost sight of our human place in the world because many now live in urban areas, detached from nature. Detachment can lead to an over romantic view of the world and all its inhabitants. The world evolves over time; species come and go. Do we have a responsibility to other animals and biodiversity? Yes. But it seems to me that recently we, humans, are increasingly being seen as enemies of the planet.
We need to deal with the big issues like climate change, which has not been getting the attention it deserves. I do not agree entirely with Bjorn Lomborg, but I do believe that we need to bring reason and order into what needs to be done and economics has a part to play. In BC we are spending millions to save caribou herds, while children live in poverty and go to school hungry. Dog owners are now considered to be 'parents.' Billions are spent on dog food and toys. At what ecological cost? Lawyers specialize in animal rights and talk about human rights being extended to animals. Will our justice system become even more overloaded?
I am not an animal hater. I am only using the above to illustrate how removed we have become from the natural world. We need to talk about priorities.
--Joann Robertson, Vancouver, BC
Dale Branscombe's article in the Autumn Issue [HP210], informs the readers of the horrendous abuse, torture, terrorizing and murder of young women and girls across Canada. All by men. Although Dale points out that most of these unthinkable crimes are committed by "immigrants."
Dale asks "where are the Feminists"?
Women, children and men have been tortured, murdered, raped, kidnapped, sold into slavery for thousands of years by men. Lately, we learn that there are women involved in the sex slave trade, but it is still mostly directed by men.
For 47 years I have worked to end violence against women, children and men. We have organized across Canada to provide shelter for women being beaten, raped, murdered by men. We have advocated with the provincial and federal governments to provide services to women, children and men to end violence. Governments, both provincial and federal, have formed Task Forces on Family Violence. Highway of Tears has advocates in all provinces. We advocated to have laws changed so that police could charge men at the 911 call to intervene in a "domestic violence situation." We have developed educational groups for men to attend to learn communication skills. The women also have the opportunity to attend these groups at a separate time. We have advocated for Children Who Witness Violence, to help children to understand they are not to blame, to teach them to be safe, and to teach them other forms of communication. Women have done this.
Dale's article is heartbreaking.
But I need to ask him WHERE ARE THE MEN? Where are the men, Dale? Why are the men not holding men accountable for these cruel and horrendous acts? Why do you and others think this is a women's issue? Are women the perpetrators? Are women raping? Are women murdering their children? Their daughters?
Who are the perpetrators and whose responsibility is it for ending this?
I have answered, when asked if I was a feminist, that I am a personist, I care about all humans, or I am an ecofeminist, I care about all living things.
I have worked with many wonderful men who are attempting to end these continuing crimes against women, children and men. There are not enough men coming forward, challenging to locker room talk, the jokes against women. We ask you, Dale, not to just request the Feminists to speak up but for all humans to participate in changing a world that views women and children as "objects" to be used at will.
With respect and great sadness,
--Sharon Hurd, BC
Past President of BC Society of Transition Houses, Past President of Crisis Line of The North, Past President of Northern John Howard Society, Member of Provincial Task Force on Family Violence, Recipient of Governor General's Award, Recipient of Queen s Diamond Jubilee Award, 1970 Prince George Citizen of The Year, Turned 80 years of age May, 2019