This is a series of articles related to the extraction industries in Canada and their true impact on the environment, people, and their offset costs that are not counted when discussing GDP.
The series introduction can be read here
Digging into the history of BC’s environmental impact of our mere 150 years of intense settler colonization, the research has shone a light on the deep and terrifying feelings I’ve had since I was just coming into my teens. I realized I had anxiety over something I could see so clearly but had no control over: humanity’s impact on the environment, which is resulting in steadily worsening climate change.
As I write this, my province is underwater. Friends and family have been completely evacuated or trapped in their homes, and the city I grew up in has been completely cut off by land to the rest of the country. Railways and highways coming into Vancouver have been wiped out by landslides. Water has saturated the ground so heavily that the roads are buckling and bridges are collapsing. The wind is so harsh an unmanned barge crashed into a seawall at Stanley Park.
On July 4th, 2021, I found myself in a red and cream pontoon coasting at a comfortable speed over Okanagan Lake with Blake and the three members of local Kelowna band, The Carbons: Tomy, Paul and Conroy.
While doing some research for a travel series for Bricklight Films, Blake (my partner in crime) and I thought we should start closer to home since Covid travel restrictions were still in effect. I looked online for local ecological stories we could tell that might interest people. gets excited about it.
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