Sackville Town Councillor Andrew Black apologized for his “dire views” about the future of the planet during last Monday’s council meeting.
At the same time however, Black said he stands by comments he made during an earlier council meeting on April 1 when he said, “we’re doomed when it comes to climate change…I base my pessimism on my lack of faith in humanity.”
Black was responding to a letter from Hanna Longard, a Mount Allison student who helped organize last month’s march on town hall calling for more action on climate change.
In her letter to council, Longard wrote that when she heard Black say that we’re doomed, she felt that he was expressing the belief that young people don’t have a future.
“I do not want a pessimist in power because I do not want a town councillor that has given up,” she wrote. “I want a town councillor that will do everything they can to protect our futures – no matter how scary or big the fight. This is what the youth of Sackville are calling for.”
During last week’s council meeting on April 8, Black read part of a letter he has sent to Longard apologizing for his dire views while also repeating them.
“I meant what I said that we as people don’t have much of a chance in the future and sadly my children will have a tough life living in a world that will be very different than what we have right now,” Black said, adding that he lacked faith in people’s willingness to do the right thing.
“I have lived for 43 years and in that time I have been jaded by people and their lack of understanding of what is right and just in the world, that most people can’t see past themselves and what is at stake and not just with climate change, but with many aspects of life,” Black continued.
However, he said his pessimism does not mean that he wouldn’t fight to change the future.
“That fight would be with the strongest conviction that we can make a change and save the only home that we have,” Black said in his letter.
“It will take strong, firm, drastic and disruptive action from all levels of government to make the changes that the world needs right now,” he continued.
“We as municipal councillors need to pressure other levels of government to make a change, but also make sweeping changes within the community we live in,” Black said.
He added that he and his wife have tried to raise their children to be socially, economically and environmentally aware so they can make the right choices.
The children are, Phaedra (age 10), Roman (age 7) and Margot (10 months).
“My three kids are the greatest and best thing that has ever happened to me and I will fight not just for their future, but the future of everyone,” Black’s letter concluded.
To listen to Black reading from his letter, click on the media player below:
To read the complete text of Councillor Black’s letter to Hanna Longard, click here.
To read Hanna Longard’s letter to council, click here.
To read earlier coverage, click here.