Sunday, 10 April 2016

A Letter To All

Dear visitor,

My name is Shaheer. (pronounced Sher-here)

As a young adult I learned about the many social and environmental problems facing our world today. This knowledge disturbed me greatly, and I became determined to do something about it. In 2011 and 2012 I attempted to cycle across Canada, failing both times. Last Earth Day, April 2016, I attempted to walk across Canada. I began at Mile Zero in Victoria (where Terry Fox was supposed to end his run) and intended to make it to New York. I was unsupported, pulling my seventy pound trailer with me. Sadly, I failed too in this attempt. I only walked as far as Hope, BC, a distance of 270 kilometres (click here).

The goal of my walk was to rally support for an Earth Year on 2018, in which we would enact a five year plan. (Below is the plan - click links for a short explanation. If you read though each point, it reads like short chapters to a book. You might want to right click: open new tab for each link)

1: Reduce military expenditures by 16% a year for 5 years, to achieve an 80% reduction by 2023.

2: Release non-violent criminals and drug users from jail within 1 year.

3: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 16% a year for 5 years, to achieve an 80% reduction by 2023.

4: Adoption of a more vegetarian diet, for example seafood once a week.

5: Begin techniques to cool the earth and restore the Arctic sea ice.

6: Begin carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere.

7: Deploy methane control measures.

8: End pollution.

9: End overfishing.

10:  End deforestation.

11: End erosion.

17: Peace among the religions.

If you are not yet convinced of the need to act now on climate, see An Essay On Climate Change. If you are still not convinced, see Climate Books Quotes.

If you would like to help, please sign the Pledge To Mobilize, and join If you are Canadian, join the Citizens' Climate Lobby. If you would like to rally for an Earth Year, print an Earth Year decal for your car's back window, or if you prefer, a bumper sticker. If you would like to know what you can do for social justice, see here.

Sincerely, Shaheer Cassim.