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Bread or swimming pools

We’re fabulously rich – we Canadians – particularly so if you live in Chelsea. The fabulously rich can contemplate extravagant indulgence. They can believe their industriousness warrants their year-round indoor ice surfaces. Yet for the fabulously rich, the desire for yet another indulgence beckons: the community swimming pool. The Chelsea Foundation – the foundation responsible for The Meredith Centre and that Mayor [Caryl] Green is strongly allied with – is contemplating such an indulgence because they are fabulously oblivious.

The production of steel and cement are responsible for a great deal of the world’s CO2 emissions — seven per cent for steel and eight per cent for cement. A lot of concrete reinforced with steel rebar was used to construct Chelsea’s recently built hockey and curling rinks, and a great deal would be needed for a swimming pool.

Much of the world’s accumulated emissions come from, or are outsourced by a handful of rich Western countries. Meanwhile the consequences of the fabulously rich’s emissions manifest themselves in the typical way; in that the brunt of the misery is unevenly distributed upon the world’s poor.

The misery of the climate crisis hits the poor first, yet, given time,