Blue Ribbon Climate Panel
Nothing like a vacation to rejuvenate the mind and soul. This past week I spent most of my time sailing the glorious waters off Nova Scotia, St Margaret’s Bay and Mahone Bay specifically. It did my heart good.
Most of the time we were able to use the wind and sail, only requiring the power of my trusty universal diesel when the weather turned foggy on the last day and the batteries wore out, necessitating a somewhat tense ride back to our safe Halifax home port. In total, I might add, despite the need to motor, our total carbon tally to move a nine-tonne boat over the week came in at less than 50 kg.
Vacation or not, thoughts of AGW were not far away as we sailed past the many homes so closely nestled along the shore. It is hard to understand what goes through the minds of home owners and potential home owners of these seemingly idillic settings when they read, as I did, when I returned home, about the massive melt of our Arctic sea ice and the breaking off of yet another vast chink of ice from the Greenland ice cap.
We are a sea people, more so than many others of the world. We are surrounded by the sea, it influences our lives, industry, weather, climate activities and, will most assuredly affect our future. Nothing in a Maritimer’s life happens without influence of the sea. Our weather, both a bane and pleasure, in alternating charges, is especially driven by the sea changes. And the sea is changing. Ocean levels are rising, storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, as our best and brightest in climate science research tell us. And yet we demure. Developers, in tandem with all levels of governments, municipal, provincial and federal and especially the parrot of the media with their pseudo-news, continue to pretend that it is business as usual. Not a word about how the changing ocean will devastate the coastline. Not a word about what we will do when the piper demands to be paid.
My question is simple, why do we not do something. Not plan. Do something. No simple break wall, no matter how many millions of dollars in the spending, will hold back the raging, roiling sea. Not far from our homes, our backyard is in metamorphosis. Vast chunks of ice are disappearing into melt water and with each passing study the prognosis grows worse. Mr. News Reader, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Premier, Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Developer, it is way past the time for rhetoric.Here is what I suggest. We must convene a blue ribbon panel composed of scientists, first and foremost, government and business leaders, to grapple with the coming changes, because come they will. Lay out the areas of most immediate concern and then immediately act on them. Not in 2020, 2030 or goodness knows, when me and my government are not in power and will not be held accountable, but now.
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