On Monday the Canadian government officially announced the very unpopular decision to withdraw from Kyoto, furthering Canada’s status as eco-pariah on the international stage while reinforcing the massive chasm that exists between Canada’s citizens and its Conservative government. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives won a majority in last year’s election despite the fact that less than 40% of the country voted for them. Now flexing their autocratic power, they make policy decisions that reflect even less of the voters will. The latest casualty on the long list of democratic violations is pulling out of Kyoto and to mark this regressive moment this week’s Friday Film Pick is the documentary Everything’s Cool.
The 2007 doc by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand shows the systemic ways lobby groups, government and mainstream media kept the issue of climate change out of the public sphere in the US then framed the conversation as a “debate” over whether the science on human-caused science climate change was correct or not. The film’s title could be the policy tag line for Harper and the Conservatives, summing up their attitude toward moving Canada to the political right against the will of the majority. You can find out how to watch or purchase the film here. Image at top from @greenforyou