As the amount of precipitation in British Columbia becomes more variable, water storage may become a problem as the effects of climate change become more pronounced for the province, according to Business Intelligence in BC.

BC firefighter working to fight fire in 2018 (source: flickr)

The release of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment report (AR6) and the forest fires blazing across British Colombia and around the world has made climate change on the minds of many looking to the future. Polling data by the Angus Reid Institute shows that forty-five percent of B.C voters think that the environment and climate change should be a priority.

According to Business Intelligence in BC, there will be high variation in the amount of precipitation in the winter months and less in the summer. According to the Metro Vancouver website, there will be a twenty percent decrease in summer rainfall for Vancouver, over the coming years, due to climate change.

BC Greens speak out:

“It’s (BC) going to have a water storage problem. That is, we’re going to get more of it when we don’t need it, and less of it when we do need it.” said Andrew Weaver, former leader of the B.C Green Party and climate modelling scientist as reported by Business Intelligence in BC.

Weaver pointed to Victoria as a good example of forward thinking adaptation strategies. By raising the height of Victoria’s reservoir, the city is able to store more water for when there is eventually a shortage.

Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the Green Party of BC.

Sonia Furstenau, the current B.C Green Party Leader, suggested some more mainstream ideas to combat climate change, over Twitter. Furstenau suggested moving away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy. She also pushed for “Indigenous-led reform of forest practices” to ensure “resilience” in forest management.

In an earlier Tweet from the B.C Green Party Twitter in July, the Greens had some pointed words towards the government for “using taxpayer money to fund the oil and gas industry”. Then in that same Tweet, the Greens encouraged their supporters to sign a petition for the government to stop oil industry funding.

However, Adam Olsen B.C Green Party MLA for Saanich North & the Islands had some stronger remarks on Twitter saying:

“The BC New Democratic Party (NDP) must find the courage and conviction to lead us through the climate crisis. We cannot afford their tinkering at the edges”

Olsen went on to call for the NDP to “immediately release an ambitious plan, with the funding to back it up, to meet or exceed our targets”, in an article posted to Olsen’s website. Olsen encouraged people to reach out to the “Premier’s office, Cabinet Ministers and all the B.C NDP MLAs” to put pressure on the government to be more proactive in facing the climate crises.

Mark Harracksingh

Mark is a final year undergraduate student at Concordia University in a specialization in environmental science. He was born and raised in Trinidad. He moved to Montreal to pursue a higher education and career in the environmental field. He has a strong interest in global politics and social justice.

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