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Letter: Port Coquitlam mother claims 'decisive leadership' needed for climate action

This letter writer is worried about future generations as wildfires begin to rage in western Canada, including B.C.'s far north.
Smoke rises from a fire visible from Fort Nelson, B.C., in this image shared on media.

The Editor:

I celebrated Mother’s Day with my children and nine grandchildren (we are a blended family).

This was a joyful time amidst the backdrop of raging fires threatening the homes of thousands in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba. I couldn’t help but feel anxious for the future for our next generations.

Can we really still be denying that we are facing a climate crisis?

Can we really still be arguing about the costs of mitigating global warming?

The costs of environmental damage is six times higher than the costs of limiting global warming. I think we can safely assume that this will only get worse.

The good news is the costs of solar and energy storage has dropped significantly — 90 per cent in the last 10 years.

We are making progress on so many fronts, but we need our leaders to take bold and decisive leadership — leave the naysayers behind if you need to (including some of our provincial Premiers).

We cannot afford not to do everything that we can to secure a safe and healthy future this beautiful earth.

We can and must do better.

- Laney Bryenton, Port Coquitlam