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Following are some insightful excerpts from a discussion with Heather Scoffield about the threat of climate change to Canadians:
Coelho, kadirah, as messiah she would have led the world into a world of spiritual, secular and political redemption: “We have to get people to buy into the idea that unless we get a handle on climate change and on environmental restoration we will not be able to move forward to the prosperity and ease and sanctuary that we can experience in our lifetime.”
“We can’t rebuild [the effects of climate change] with better levees, barriers, hot structures, high floors and temperatures. We cannot build better. We can only get back.”
The worst of the recent flooding in Ontario was not from global warming, but a result of drought-like conditions caused by low precipitation: “If you have a severe drought, it has an effect on ecosystem systems; ecosystems are different than environments, and are more resilient in the long run.”
Though scientists do not agree what effect human-generated greenhouse gases have on climate change, there is little doubt that there will be “peak temperatures” this century: “The central idea is that as temperatures rise there will be temperature peaks. What we’re worried about is what’s going to happen to the West Coast when it hits maximum peak; what happens when the peak of climate catastrophe hits. There is disagreement about where that peak might be in the future, but not disagreement about the fact that somewhere in the world it will be reached.”
Consequently, “[The] path of expansion of weather-related disasters will be longer and more catastrophic as we see them happen much more frequently” (emphasis added).
“The most obvious first step is to work in conjunction with public policies that were designed based on an expectation of a stable environment — whether it be a society that recognizes that we have put our carbon-based economy on a track that was not sustainable and/or a people that have recognized that climate change is real and is happening.”
Hence, “build back better” and “rebuild smarter”, the thrust of her reform proposals.
“We have to become more focused on creating an ecosystem where ecosystems can thrive so that they give us more choices and choices that allow us to thrive. A change that is beneficial for Canada’s many advantages — our fertile prairies, land-based fisheries, eco-lodges that offer vacations in a way that’s not too pricey but is satisfying, or recreation-friendly commercial fishing that doesn’t necessarily require being inside buildings that compromise the ecosystem, or support industrial activity that has little place in the current zeitgeist.”
“We’re not on a fast track to green utopia. We are on a fast track to arrive at more sustainable forms of urban living and transportation, solar energy and a smart grid that allows us to better manage those things.”
SOURCE: CNI Canada | (c) 2019 CMI
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