Turn experience into action
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.