Why is this an emergency?
The World is on Fire
Forest fires are destroying communities here at home as well as around the world, leaving the sky thick with smoke for weeks on end.
Climate change has fanned the flames of these fires that destroy lives, homes, businesses and air quality and is also increasing not only our insurance rates, but also our general feeling of unease as we lose our sense of a ‘safe home’ within our own community.
Floods & Sea Level Rise
Floods and ocean surges destroy homes and infrastructure. Taxpayers’ costs will continue to soar as sea walls, beaches, parks and in some cases, entire communities are damaged and destroyed.
Most of the current sea-level rise comes from the expansion of warming oceans, the rest comes from melting glaciers and ice sheets.
Droughts are destroying crops and will eventually dry up our drinking water.
Because of droughts, our food is not only more expensive but also more scarce; our housing issues are intensified when lack of water makes building next to impossible.
It seems crazy to imagine that here on the ‘wet coast’ we might find ourselves in a place where water has become more precious than any other commodity.
Our air quality will continue to deteriorate, impacting the young, the old and the fragile the most of all.
Tropical insect borne diseases like Malaria, Zika and Yellow fever that are moving steadily northwards as the climate warms will devastate our health and overwhelm our health system.
Storms and Heat
From season to season and year to year, weather events such as torrential rains, wind and snow storms, record hurricanes. and heatwaves that were once rare occurrences are now increasingly commonplace.
Heat-related health problems, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat strokes are also on the rise and pose a particular deadly threat for the elderly.
A rapidly heating and acidifying ocean is threatening marine fisheries and coral reefs while a rapidly heating Terra-firma is threatening plants, animals and insects like bees that are vital to pollination.