(Image courtesy of Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center., via Wikimedia Commons)

LETTER: Millennials are fed up with climate dismissives

Alyssa Taburiaux argues the connection between hurricanes and global warming shouldn’t be downplayed

RE: “Fanning our climate fears” (NDR, Oct. 5)

As a millennial, I find it particularly insulting to see Mr. 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.

I find it upsetting that Black Press papers across the province give Mr. Fletcher a mouthpiece for such inaccurate messaging. 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.

Mr. Fletcher questions connections between climate change and the unusually damaging and deadly hurricane season. Scientists tell us that warmer ocean and air temperatures contribute to making hurricanes more severe. Warmer ocean water causes hurricanes to rapidly intensify, as was seen with this year’s hurricanes. 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 the association of our changing climate with this summer’s record wildfire season in BC. The summer of 2017 was much warmer and drier than average, and such conditions make wildfires worse. Summer temperatures in BC are expected to continue to get warmer because of climate change.

On behalf of 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.

Just Posted

Chilliwack trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Barry Neufeld, a representative for the BCSTA, published the comments on his Facebook page

Surrey’s ‘Joe Funk’ carries on family legacy in All Star Wrestling

Joe Funk has become a mainstay in the All Star Wrestling league after watching his dad for years

Tools-only thrift shop to open in Cloverdale as Shell Busey project with Surrey Hospice Society

Shell Busey’s Tool Box a dream come true for the former home-improvement broadcaster

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

White Rock paying $13.4 million for water utility

Purchase price disclosed two years after acquisition

WATCH: Speedskaters race at Langley Sportsplex

The first big local meeting of the season drew 105 skaters.

‘Angels’ help save life of Langley senior

Wilf Driedger believes he wouldn’t be here today if not for the quick action of two strangers

Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday

Mostly co-operative group emerged from the woods with possessions and dispersed

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

Dog off-leash area part of Surrey’s newest park, officially opened Saturday

TD Nature Play Area also featured at Forsyth Park, on 139th Street at 106th Avenue

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Raise a glass for the 28th annual Fraser Valley Wine Festival

Charity soirée happens Nov. 4 at Willowbrook Shopping Centre

Giants return with eight points

Vancouver also gets reinforcements with captain Tyler Benson back with hockey club

Most Read