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General News · 17th March 2016
Carrie Saxifrage
March 23, 2016, 7:30-8:30 pm, Pioneer Room

Bring your laptop or pens and paper and let the BC government know that you want action on climate change – action that is commensurate to the problems and dangers we face.

Enjoy a pithy 15 minute presentation on the BC Climate Leadership Plan and then dive into 15 minutes of writing comments to submit to Premier Clark. If we remain action oriented, we will have time to address federal climate issues and write letters to Prime Minister Trudeau who is currently working on Canada’s climate action plan. Otherwise, we will talk. Prompt start and end.

If this action night is deemed a success, more will follow.

If you can’t make the Climate Action Evening, follow the link below to submit comments on the BC Climate Action Plan. The comment period ends on March 25 so procrastinate no more! It’s an opportunity of sorts - how often does Premier Clark ask us to weigh on climate change??? My comments are attached in case they prove helpful.

Consultation Guide: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/climateleadership/files/2016/01/ConsultationGuide-ClimateLeadershipPlan.pdf
Submit comments here: https://interceptum.com/s/en/ClimateActionLeadership-Winter2015-16
Or email here: climateleadershipplangov.bc.ca.

To those at International Women’s Day who inspired me to do this, (was it you who muttered “Are you going to walk your talk?”), here it is!

About those pictures of the effects of the winter storms …
Many variables come into play to make the ocean reach such high levels. Some of the variables are natural cycles, like El Nino and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, both of which are in a warm phase – warmer ocean water occupies more space. Some of the variables are intensified by climate change: more water in the ocean due to melting ice; warmer ocean temperatures (warm water occupies more space); lower pressures in storm systems which allow the ocean to expand; and higher winds and higher waves due to more intense storms. When the highs of the natural cycles combine with climate consequences, ocean levels can temporarily increase by more than a meter. In our favor: tectonic plates are still rebounding from the release of the weight of ice during the last ice age. But the clear (and accelerating) trend is toward higher sea levels on the average and increasingly frequent “perfect storms” when all the variables combine in a certain manner - and this is affecting our island.
Better than in Bangladesh or Kiribati
Better than in Bangladesh or Kiribati