I blog about environmental and social justice issues because I am very concerned about the health of the interdependent web of life of which we are a part.

Melting Arctic ice.......beautiful and frightening!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Himalyan Glaciers Are Melting Too

Click play on Melting Glaciers On the Roof of the World for a disturbing look at how glaciers are receding in Asia.  Climate change is a fact ........ glaciers and polar ice cpas are all going.
But so what if glaciers are melting - what difference does it make? Well, 2 billion people depend on the meltwater from Himalayan glaciers for their basic needs.... Oh so what - that's halfway around the world - a long way from North America.  OK then  - look at a map of Canada - what feeds the rivers running east from the Rockies into Alberta and Saskatchewan?  Bingo!   Glaciers .. and they're melting too. Gee - no one depends on those rivers for drinking or irrigation or industry or fishing, do they?  (Doesn't the Athabasca flow right through Fort Mcmurray? And doesn't tar sand extraction use enormous quantities of water?)  Hmmmnnnnn.... No worries then ......we can continue with Canadian policy  - ignore climate change for another twenty years.

On the other hand, if you think climate change is an immediate concern, email or write the Prime Minister.  Tell him you  don't want to see the prairies waterless in twenty years.

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