Canadians are contributing to their own demise

This is a Letter to the Editor published in the Toronto Star on June 25th, 2022 written by Ray Nakano

Re: Floods devastate South Asia, and Europe grapples with early heat wave, June 19th, 2022

Millions of people are suffering from floods and mudslides in Bangladesh; unprecedented heat waves and wildfires in Europe, the U.S. Midwest, India, and Pakistan, and other parts of the world. Millions are being displaced from destroyed homes, many without sufficient water or food.

And it’s going to get worse as the summer is just beginning.

Canadian mainstream media says this is happening due to climate change. It would be more accurate if they called this what it is: a climate crisis. And Canadian main- stream media never connects the dots with regard to what is causing the climate crisis: our continued subsidizing, extraction and burning of fossil fuels.

The federal government provided $3.3 billion in subsidies last year to fossil fuel companies.

Canadians are paying for their own demise, and that of the world.

Ray Nakano, Toronto

Author: Ray Nakano

Ray is a retired, third generation Japanese Canadian born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario along with his 4 younger sisters. He resides in Toronto where he worked for the Ontario Government for 28 years. Ray currently practises in 2 Buddhist traditions: Jodo Shinshu and that of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ray is passionate about climate action and very concerned about our Climate Crisis. He has been actively involved in the ClimateFast group ( for the past 3 years. He works to bring awareness of our Climate Crisis to others. He has created the website, for tracking climate-related news articles, reports, and organizations. He is always looking for opportunities through the work of ClimateFast to reach out to communities, politicians, and governments to communicate about our Climate Crisis. He is married and has 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. He says: “Our world is in dire straits. Doing nothing is not an option. We must do everything we can to create a liveable future for our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations.”

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