When we first hit the road in 2007, people in northern climates often commented on how their weather has changed. “It ain’t like it used to be” they said when we inquired about snowy winters. And while I avoided getting political by discussing the science behind those rapidly warming seasons, our recent climate change reality check on the Columbia Icefields has changed all that. I’m no longer keeping quiet about climate change, because this is not about politics, it’s about the future of our species and the kind of planet we want to live on. If you can deal with more glacier and gloom as Jim promised, I hope you enjoy my rant:
Columbia Icefields Climate Change is as Real as that Melting Glacier
The breathtaking scenery of the Athabasca Glacier was both stunning and depressingly tragic. Torrents of melting glacial waters meandered through the rocky terrain as hordes of tourists trampled up the hillside to catch a quick glimpse of the fading popsicle.
Hiking to the glacier toe gets more strenuous all the time. In fact scientists say that The Athabasca Glacier is losing more than five meters of ice each year. As we walked, I couldn’t help but wonder, how can any thinking person look at these facts and not want to do something about what’s happening before our eyes?
The good news is that it’s not too late to do something. We have the power to enact laws that slow down climate change and ensure the survival of the human race. Seems to me that the breeders of the world would want to do that for the children that they’ve put on this planet. But then maybe I’m being overly optimistic.
As we walked along the trail pondering the impact of the melting Canadian glaciers, Jim overheard a young mother scolding her child for picking up trash. “Put that down!” she yelled at the rugrat, then snatched the rubbish from his hand and threw it on the ground.
Standing in front of the melting glacier, I’ve never felt so conflicted. Thrilled that Jim and I got to see another glacier before they’re all gone, yet so depressed for our future as a species.
I’m just grateful that we don’t have kids who will suffer the consequences.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .