LETTER: Addressing climate change begins with our will

Reader Dona Grace-Campbell says innovative solutions are available now.

Though the forecast was for rain, from where I’m sitting all that’s coming down is ash. With over 1,479 fires in BC in this fiscal year, I could be anywhere in the province. Children and our elders with asthma or lung conditions are struggling to breathe.

Through the haze it can be hard to see solutions to the mess of climate change.

A decade ago it was inconceivable that there could be gay marriages or reconciliatory efforts with First Nations people. And yet, it happened because people who wanted change led from the grassroots. Whatever you may think of these issues, their trajectory show how quickly change can happen.

The same can and must happen with climate change. Innovative solutions are available now, from a fee and dividend system on carbon emitters, to corporate giants committing $140 billion to address climate change, to capturing energy waste from the constant and predicable flow of municipal water systems, to decreasing our own consumption.

There is a way out of this, and our will is the driver of that change.

Dona Grace-Campbell

Kaslo