Climate Change Hits Home

Noticed how many parts of the world are scorching at this moment.

We had heat waves in India, Pakistan, Japan, and Eastern Canada.

Forest fires in Greece.

Drought in Australia Drought,

California is currently experiencing its largest fire in state history

Even the Arctic Circle is on fire. The list goes on.

And then it hits home …

Last Saturday, lightning storms in our part of the world started 145 new fires in bringing to 600 ongoing blazes scorching British Columbia (BC).

Red Sun Set

A red sunset seen through the smoky haze at Rithet’s Bog in Saanich on Sunday. Smoke from the B.C. wildfires continues to darken the skies over Vancouver Island. Credit: Mick Hall and ChekNews

On Sunday the smoke from the BC wildfires darkened the skies over the city. The eerie red sunset seen through the smoky haze is a shot taken close to home.

Human-caused climate change is making the wildfire season hotter, longer and drier. No wonder why our locales are like tinderboxes just waiting to ignite.

It had been said that climate change is hard for people to grasp because we cannot feel it and as a result, it does not get personal.

While the personal experience this week is minor compared to the suffering from other parts of the world that are dealing with the effects of climate changes, these events remind us of the responsibility we face as individuals and as a society to steward our planetary ecosystem.

It also underscored how connected we are – that our individual actions no matter how small has a ripple effect somewhere else.

It is my personal belief that mankind has the creativity and means to reverse climate change if we collectively choose to do so. It starts with each of us taking individual actions that can be done now. And then the small stone thrown in the water creates a ripple ….