Turn ex­pe­ri­ence into ac­tion

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - Thank you, Ca­role Lavallee Chelms­ford O.N.

Dear Edi­tor,

Thank you for this chance to share my thoughts re­gard­ing Ms. Hen­neb­ury’s ar­ti­cle on N.L. stu­dents and their Arc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion ex­pe­ri­ence (The Aurora, Aug. 27 edi­tion).

Thank you to The Aurora for your long-time in­ter­est in the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change. Some other Cana­dian news­pa­pers could use your lead­er­ship.

I wish I had been as smart as these stu­dents seem to be when I first saw the Cana­dian Ice Shield up in north­ern Al­berta some 20 years ago.

A guide lamented the ob­vi­ous re­treat of the ice from the road and, shame on me, I did not un­der­stand what his con­cern was.

Fast for­ward another 20 years and thank­fully I got it when my daugh­ter de­scribed how some of her pa­tients around Iqaluit were con­cerned that their fish­ing and hunt­ing tra­di­tions were be­ing dis­rupted by the shorter ice sea­son. “Their gro­cery store is be­ing af­fected,” I thought with sad­ness.

But un­der­stand­ing and em­pa­thy is not enough. The NL stu­dents will never for­get what their eyes saw, what they heard, how they felt.

I trust they will turn this ex­pe­ri­ence into ac­tion that will re­sult in so­lu­tions for our en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems, many of which are due to our warm­ing planet.

I hope they will join me in learn­ing about how pric­ing the car­bon in fos­sil fu­els will help us cool Earth. I in­vite them to have a se­ri­ous look at how im­por­tant it is to price car­bon in the fairest way so no one needs be un­fairly bur­dened. This means re­turn­ing the money to the peo­ple so their cost of liv­ing is not el­e­vated.

Fi­nally I im­plore them to tell their Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment about their ex­pe­ri­ence in the north and that they want the north­ern qual­ity of life pro­tected.

Their voices will mat­ter even more now that they have con­crete ex­pe­ri­ence.

May Arc­tic Ex­pe­di­tions live on.

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