When I started my career as a public servant, if I was told I would be working on the challenge of our generation 7 years later, I might not have believed it.
Since I was 15 years old, my plan was to work in the field of resource management – a complex field, that grows ever more so every day, it seems. From rising seas to melting glaciers and pest infested forests, anyone up for a challenge is in their element working on climate change.
I’ve spent the last two years as a Research Analyst of intergovernmental relations and climate change in BC. From what I have seen, and heard others saying, British Columbia is a leader in North America on this stuff. Oh yeah, there are nay sayers… suggesting we aren’t doing enough – and they are right. We aren’t doing enough – yet. That’s why I’m still employed. To be honest though, I am hoping to work myself out of a job.
There are inspiring stories from around the world of bold, and sometimes desperate measures to change this destructive path we are on: to reduce our consumption, lighten our footsteps, change our methods, and realize a new world waiting if we would only see it.
Key word: we. British Columbian’s must understand, and support, this most important transition. And in this interconnected world… British Columbians must not be the only ones.
As a global and menacing problem, climate change requires that we innovate and partner with others to uncover the most effective and expedient solutions. Our social, economic and environmental systems will not remain intact in the long term unless we succeed at this.
In this blog, I will do my best to tell my story of climate action, and I hope it inspires you to see a new world waiting.