A revolution is the process in which a source of power or expectation is overthrown by the people, to be replaced by a preferable system or candidate. A revolution occurs when the disdain for what is currently in place is so widespread and upfront that the people take a course of action and protest to eliminate such force. As we have discussed in class, revolutions take form of both of its definitions, one of power and one of advancing in a circular motion. Revolutions come in the form of a cycle, they begin with a spark and transition into different sections that come together into a revolution. The outcome visualized while the progression is going on and the one that comes in reality can be very different. A society has to be very cautious when it comes to what they intend to get out of a revolution.
The TESP revolution cycle begins with a technological development. In this particular cycle, this is represented in the form of fossil fuels. We began burning fossil fuels on a large scale in the mid- 1700s, but it was not until relatively recently that carbon emissions were an upcoming major topic of concern.
The next stage is the Environmental stage. The heavy reliance on fossil fuels has caused a buildup of carbon in our atmosphere, causing a phenomenon referred to as the greenhouse effect. When too much carbon is stored in our atmosphere, it gets harder for the heat and energy to escape. This is known as Global Warming. Though greenhouse gasses do appear in the natural world, their presence has spiked due to human intervention. In the early stages of the attempt to manage our emissions output, Global Warming is something we have been warned of from a young age.
Next is the Social recognition of this problem. This is the time when we as a society have increasingly agreed that the amount of carbon we are pumping into our atmosphere is unacceptable, and our tolerance for it being brushed off as a necessity for economic development is deteriorating. Individuals begin to step up, the voices of big names can be heard in the midst of an uprising debate. For example, in november 2015, Ottawa was met with a rally of citizens upset by climate change, yet optimistic in Canada’s ability to take a leading role on the path to a renewable country. Thousands of people assembled downtown to voice their opinions on a 100% renewable energy Canada by 2050.
The final stage before the cycle loops is the Political stage. In this example, the political stage involves hearing the public’s’ cry for change in the carbon footprint of our country. The government reviews the situation and decides that our physical environment must take priority over the convenience of carbon giants. On Monday, October 3rd, Justin Trudeau announced his plans to impose a tax on greenhouse emissions in Canada. By 2018, there must be a $10 per tonne tax on carbon in all provinces, Which is to rise by $10 per year until it gets to $50 in the year 2022.
From here, the cycle will loop, likely involving technological advances such as clean energy innovations. This particular revolution could work back on itself the next time around, however. The cycle does not only affect the people, their satisfaction with the government, and the environment, but also the way carbon will be dealt with on a federal level in the future. In this rotation, the responsibility for action falls onto the provinces. However, some provinces are not pleased with the imposed tax, and may not comply with the regulations, causing the government to step in and enforce the rule. As a result, the privilege may be taken from the provinces in further developments.
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