Avalanche of bad environmental news

Editor, The Times:

Editor, The Times:

Recently there’s been an avalanche of bad news environmentally. First, two reports back to back on species extinction. Things are serious, very serious.

Then, (on the morning of May 13), with this early heat wave—this is the beginning of May for heaven’s sake—according to CBC, apparently in many areas of B.C. there’s only 40 – 50 per cent of the snowpack needed, and that’s starting to run off down whatever river. In our case the Thompson, and off to the sea to contribute to the rise of the ocean’s level—“Oh no, that’s not happening,” said the Saskatchewan farmer, “and if it is, just leave it to the Free Market to solve.”

Yeah, just like they did for the Wall Street financial crash of 2007-08. Sorry, had to get that one in.

Last Christmas I talked to several people who expressed the view that they were happy there was no snow. They were not dreaming of a white Christmas.

PHOTO: The life of a fisherman

Now, these were people that I like—indeed, I respected their thinking. Perhaps they were as smart as I am, perhaps smarter in other areas. But, sadly, when it comes to climate change, well, what can one say?

I’m also heartily sick of those weather persons who yatter on about, “What a gorgeous day it’s going to be.”

Sure, it’s 40 C, half of B.C. is burning up—people are fleeing for their lives—and yeah, it’s a “gorgeous day” if you are by the river, a lake, or the ocean and can duck the fires raging through the province.

Run for your lives!

Last month Doug Ford canceled the planting of some 50 million seedlings. Ontario doesn’t need trees—it needs tax breaks for the needy rich. In the province next to us, hardly two weeks in office, Jason Kenney has canceled any park expansion as envisioned by Rachel Notley and there are future “reviews,” after all, Alberta is now “open for business.”

So there is no more room for the environment.

To quote the late George Carlin—what’s this about saving the earth? The earth will do fine—okay, humankind, along with related species, due to greed, ignorance, and short-sightedness will go extinct, but the earth will be fine.

Dennis Peacock,

Clearwater, B.C.


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