#CCWIL : Halifax, Nova Scotia

#CCWIL: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Halifax, the epicenter of the East Coast of Canada. My current home while I attend University of King’s College. A coastal city with a dependence on the ocean, and, like everywhere else in the world, experiencing the negative impacts of climate change.

 

There has been immense flooding in the city and surrounding areas in the past few year.

There has been immense flooding in the city and surrounding areas in the past few year.

Although I have only been living here for a month, I have already begun to notice the impacts of climate change, both from experience and local media and environmental groups. As a result of rising ocean temperatures, many of the storms are becoming more extreme and intense, threatening the infrastructure and safe life within the city. The rising ocean levels are causing floods to become more frequent and also a greater risk. Many areas of Nova Scotia have already seen immense flooding in the past few years, and with the continuous rising average temperatures, it can be predicted that these will only get worse.

The infrastructure of Halifax and many other areas in Nova Scotia are based on the coast and are not built to withstand the heavy rainfall and extreme storms that have begun to occur and will become more intense.

 

This was the effect of major flooding in Yarmouth, outside Halifax in Nova Scotia a few years ago.

This was the effect of major flooding in Yarmouth, outside Halifax in Nova Scotia a few years ago.

 

Climate change will also affect the economy greatly since many towns are based around the fishing industry and as ocean temperatures increase, as well as ocean acidification does, the ocean will be a more unhealthy and less prosperous ecosystem.

I’m only a recent maritimer, but, having family here and loving the city means that these impacts affect me as well.

 

It is unacceptable for us to ignore the need for action, and the need for aggressive targeting to decrease carbon emissions is NOW.

And that, is why I will be doing a report card for the City of Halifax and advocating for ambitious action on climate change, why I will be reaching out to youth who live in Halifax and tying their personal stories and experiences here into our action.

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