Global warming needs to be our primary focus
For the first time since 2010 we’ve seen three active hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time.
What makes it even more rare is that these same hurricanes were threatening to touch land at the same time as well.
The image that shows the three active storms from a satellite image also highlighted the light-gray smoke from massive wildfires that are entering into our atmosphere.
But what the image lacks in showing is the destruction in southern Mexico after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake took place and left dozens dead.
Without a doubt the devastation left by all three Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katia is unbelievably tough to swallow.
The aftermaths of these storms have left people uprooted from their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their back.
And with Hurricane José still churning in the Atlantic there is still time for the world to see more destruction by these violent disturbances in the weather.
Because of the severity of destruction in places such as Texas, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands much thought and conversation has been given to the fact that here in Canada we too are seeing sever weather have an impact on us.
British Columbia has seen what could possibly be considered its worse year for wildfires with 2.86 million acres having been burned.
It would almost appear as if the lack of appreciation and respect given to the topic of climate change has decided to slap some reality into nonbelievers.
If the weather isn’t enough to get non-believers to start seeing the impact that our choices are having on our environment, maybe the plea from Pope Francis to see “with your own eyes” the effects of climate change and global warming in the wake of such storms.
The fact people still are nonbelievers or doubt what scientists have proved is alarming for the sole reason it means those people aren’t necessarily doing anything to cut emissions.
This becomes a challenge in the fight against climate change because the solutions offered up aren’t being implemented and widely adopted.
What has already been lost can’t be replaced or recovered and the number of species and ecosystems being depleted or vanished already because of our own naivety is our punishment for not taking action sooner.
As a singular entity of beings we need to unite and come together as one to fight corporations, governments and non-believers to acknowledge the path that we are on.
The destruction of the recent hurricanes has left millions of people without power, shelter and food.
It’s caused people to loot and fight for themselves and their families in a way that we can’t even begin to imagine.
The cost to get these places back to a place where life is civilized, mundane and about work and school life is going to cost billions of dollars.
And without taking the conversation about global warming serious every year from now on the damages done due to climate change will slightly increase and our relief funds will diminish.
With all that has been lost it is time now not to question or to dwell on the why of it all but to make sure that we take the right steps in correcting our past behaviours with questions of what can I do? What do we need to do? And make the reality of global warming something that we don’t let drop at the way side anymore.
Lives, ecosystems, families and the generations that are to come depend on us doing something now and not waiting until it’s too late.