Climate change is upon us


By Carson Deveau

March. 10, 2016

When Becky Townshend arrived at the Souris Ski Lodge for her first day at work in January she walked along the cross-country ski trails to check for any damages after the Christmas break.

There was none. All she saw was fresh layers of snow.

“Ski season is here. This is going to be great,” she thought.

It didn’t last. Because of the increasingly warmer weather, cross-country skiing was no longer available at the lodge as of March 9.

This winter is much different from last year’s, where over 500 cm fell after Christmas.

Townshend is one those who isn’t benefitting from the weather.

She is the president of the Souris Striders Club. No one could’ve predicted this would happen after last year’s winter, she said.

“I wish we could save snow from last year to help out.”

The biggest difference between this year and last was they knew what to expect then, they have no idea now, she said.

“Conditions are constantly changing on us.”

Peter Bevan-Baker has been aware of the changing climate for a while now.

Nearly 20 years ago, the now MLA and leader of the Green Party on P.E.I. began wondering about the environment and what will it be like when his kids get older.

“What will life be like from them when they get to be my age?” he thought

He decided he needed to help fix some of the damage his generation did to the environment.

“If I wanted to make an influence, I have to get off my arse and get into politics.”

He chose to join Green Party because it brought something new to the table on P.E.I., he said.

“The Green Party is a breathe of fresh air on how to keep society going.”

There is still a lot work to be done to help the environment before the damage is irreversible, he said.

“If the world carries on the trajectory we are on now, we are going to leave your generation with a big pile of s—.”