Important local choices
For the second year in a row, oysters were baked alive in their shells on the beach of our family cabin on Thetis Island. To the best of my knowledge, this had never happened prior to the heat dome last year. Some parts of the world, including Canada continue to see record fires and floods and once again here in the Cowichan Valley we are just one cigarette butt and a strong wind away from a devastating wildfire.
Climate change is here now, and while we cannot avoid it, we can do our best to minimize the harm by reducing our carbon footprints and adapting, so that we can be ready for the what is coming. One of the best ways to do this is to vote in leaders who understand the climate crisis and who are willing to act on that knowledge. Local government elections are coming on Oct. 15. Make sure you vote. And when you do, make sure that your candidate will use science and evidence to plan a sustainable future for not just you, but for your children and grandchildren as well.