Being a human, I’m concerned about climate resilience. I like blue skies, green leafy trees, birds, bees, flowers, flowing rivers, and rolling oceans. I like fresh air. I like all kinds of animals. I like the ‘fresh’ in fresh water fish. These are all reasonable things to enjoy.
Being a consumer, I’m concerned about energy and power. I like hot food, hot baths, the convenience of and time saved by using my car to get around, keeping warm, keeping entertained, and being able to see in the dark. These are all reasonable things to want.
Being a Saskatchewanean, I’m concerned about oil and gas. We are a natural resource rich province. I have friends and acquaintances in this part of the world who make their living by the extraction of natural resources. These are good people who provide for their families, pay their taxes, obey laws, and give back to their communities. These are all reasonable things to support.
Is there a sweet spot where the extraction of natural resources can coexist alongside climate resilience efforts? If so, where exactly is it? Can we get there from here? These are questions that I ask myself each week. It seems like a conundrum – fostering all of the things that come from protecting climate and fostering the energy and power that comes from earthly extraction. I wonder if greater minds than mine ask these same sweet spot related questions. If that sweet spot exists, I wonder if those greater minds than mine can find it. I’m more than willing to take on a role and play some part if there’s a part that I can play. To better equip myself, I will continue to learn more so I can support the pursuit of that sweet spot intersection of natural resources extraction and climate conservation.