News reader questions columnist Tom Fletcher’s arguments against climate change’s affect on the B.C. wildfire season, as an example. BC Fire Service photo

Black Press columnist’s views on climate upsetting to Millennial

Acknowledgement of climate change’s effects more relevant to age group

Re: Fanning fear of fire and flood (B.C. Views, Oct. 2)

As a Millennial, I find it particularly insulting to see Tom Fletcher dismiss the importance of climate change. My generation knows the urgency that is needed to act on climate change. It is our future that is being risked. The struggles Millennials will face with climate change, and the real uncertainty of our future, go unacknowledged by Mr. Fletcher.

Millennials like myself will be the largest age cohort in the 2019 election, according to a recent Abacus report. To stay relevant to this generation, editorials need to focus on solutions to our climate crisis, rather than denying human-caused climate change.

Fletcher questions connections between climate change and the unusually damaging and deadly hurricane season. Scientists tell us warmer ocean and air temperatures contribute to making hurricanes more severe. Warmer ocean water causes hurricanes to rapidly intensify, as was seen this year. And warmer air can hold more moisture than cooler air, contributing to more intense rainfall. Rising seas also make coastal storm surges worse.

He also questioned our changing climate’s association with the record wildfire season in B.C. The summer of 2017 was much warmer and drier than average and such conditions make wildfires worse. Summer temperatures in B.C. are expected to continue to get warmer because of climate change.

For my little sisters’ future and the future of my generation, I ask that science is acknowledged and the issue of climate change becomes a priority.

Alyssa Taburiaux

Castlegar B.C.

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