As I sit here, evacuated from our home in West Kelowna for the last 6 days because of wildfires raging through the city, I wonder how well humanity is actually dealing with climate change.
And I don’t mean the long-term mitigation efforts. The big 2025, 2030, or 2050 carbon emissions goals.
Don’t get me wrong. We should definitely continue to reduce our impact and emissions, but maybe it’s time we start having conversations about adaptation. We should also be analyzing and understanding the threats as the climate changes, because it is changing. Let’s create plans for how societies will adapt, change how we live, where we live, and what we’re able to eat and consume.
For many, a mild smoke irritation in the city is all they see. For others, homes are destroyed.
This picture is not a sunset. It was the ominous glow of fire behind our house shortly before we left town. We drove away unsure of what we would be returning to.
Yes, we must do all that we can to reduce the human impact on climate change, but we must also do what we can to reduce the impact climate change has on us.
From what I can tell from the news, pictures and the maps, my home is still okay – perhaps layered with ash, but still okay. We will continue waiting to return home until it’s safe, and thank god for the hundreds of firefighters and professionals that are ensuring we are all safe.
Don’t wait until it’s on your doorstep too. Get involved to start conversations and drive action.