by Pat Amsden
The air was cool today, warm and sunny, but definitely fall and not the last remnants of hot summer days.
Dogs played happily in the dog park and people were once again sitting inside and out at the local Starbucks. It was so good to sit back and bask in a sense of normalcy.
Yet local news stations seem to have given up on the annual back to school story focusing on what kids were going to be wearing, how crowded local malls are and how much average families were spending to send their kids back to school.
Strangely I miss them. Is it a good thing? We seem a little less consumed by the need to have the latest -whatever. Good.
We have on the other hand become weirdly focused on the weather. Where a few years ago we would have been focused on whether it was going to rain or not when we wanted to go on a hike or enjoy a last of the season camping trip, we now wait to see what floods, fires, locust outbreaks, high heat events, and oh yes snow have befallen people we know. Victoria, so far, seems to have avoided the worst of these. So far.
Yet, they no longer seem impossible. In fact, we won’t be surprised if we hear of these all hitting one small, or not so small area, in one day. And climate change is no longer an abstract concept. It is terrifyingly real.
I haven’t read the full report but as the ice cap melts the ocean waters are rising and will increasing lead to people being displaced. Desalination plants built by the Arabs twenty years ago now make a lot more sense.
I wondered when water had become a commodity and not a human right. Apparently that happened around the time of NAFTA but not just in North America.
Maude Barlow has written several books on this and I highly recommend reading one or three. However, this article will give you some idea of the scope of this project and hope that we can solve this.
What I need now is not blind, misplaced optimism, but some hope. I think we all do. I find funny dog videos help as well.