New Green Party leader knows the trauma of environmental damage first-hand


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  • New Green Party Leader recognizes the pain of environmental degradation
  • What goes around it and slows it down?
  • Lake Manitoba is characterized by a lack of glaciers

New Green Party Leader recognizes the pain of environmental degradation

(Presented by Amita Kuttner)

Like many people, the new Green Party Leader Amita Kuttner saw the effects of a hurricane that killed several people and severely damaged lives and infrastructure in BC with anxiety and frustration. But for Kuttner, it’s a lot harder. Their mother was killed and their father was seriously injured in January 2005 when their home was destroyed breach in North Vancouver – caused by what Kuttner later learned atmospheric stream.

Kuttner runs the Moonlight Institute, a nonprofit organization that looks at ways to adapt to climate change, and spoke with What on Earth received Laura Lynch last week, before announcing their new political role.

Q: What happened in January 2005?

A: I was going to a boarding school in California, which is the only reason I survived. It was about 3:30 in the morning on Jan. 19, after days and days of rain, which I found years later was a river of air. And I had just received an email from my mom the night before that actually said the basement was overflowing. And at 3:30 in the morning, the hill collapsed on my house, through my parents’ room, killing my mother. … My father was in the bathroom at the time, because he had got up late cleaning. below. They were asleep. He was able to stand up, and he was brought down from the mountain and lived miraculously. [though] broken. But they are alive. What caused the mud was very difficult. There was a banned pool, I believe, placed on the cargo at the top, and the filling was added, which increased the risk mudslide. But there was indeed a significant risk of mud slides on the slopes, and technically … there should be no development then.

Q: What went through your mind as you watched what was happening in BC?

A: I’m angry. I am disappointed because things like this are predictions of the future. Probably not in detail. You do not know exactly what the flood will be like. You do not know exactly what [hillside] has come down, but we know we are in danger of mud. We know… when rivers in the sky come, we know when we will have plenty of rain.

Then I look: Where was the preparation? Where was the gathering? And then, I look at the same thing again: everyone doing their business, if nothing is going on, being swept up in the streets, being repeatedly shut down … would make a big difference.

Q: There seems to be an opportunity now, after this, to try to do something different. What would you like to see in the local government, districts and federations do to prevent such loss of life and destruction?

A: I would like to see a way to bring together all government agencies working together to achieve change and reduce. As a result, by talking about what we can do beforehand, how many maps are we making and how we can create different types of disasters. Also, to be prepared to warn people that something is coming for them to be prepared – to help individuals, to help families, to help people prepare. Understanding the dangers. And to ensure that there is real, accurate and detailed information on its risks and to have coherent responses and changes in methods and procedures in each sphere of government. Because on the ground, it often falls to the municipalities to do the details of how you plan. But the response comes from every level and must be prepared before the crisis strikes.

Q: You mentioned how the events in British Columbia over the past few days have been disturbing to you, and this makes you remember the tragedy. How do you cope?

A: Good advice… I have PTSD and have worked with psychiatrists for many years on trauma counseling, but it is difficult and … you know, I hear people telling stories to watch their homes being searched. And it hits very deep. You know, it’s one thing to feel sorry for people you don’t know, and it’s another thing to know how they feel.

Q: If you could give advice to people who were distressed by such experiences, what would you tell them?

A: More than anything, give yourself space, time and patience to know that going through this, going through this, getting to a place where you feel comfortable again, you feel better, you feel safer again, it is possible and it will happen. It will take time. The road will have ups and downs. And not being afraid to look for people, to seek help and to acknowledge that this is very difficult and to take care of yourself … is essential.

Manusha Janakiram

This interview has been modified and shortened. To hear it all, listen What on Earth on CBC Radio One Sunday at 12:30 pm, 1pm in Newfoundland, or any other time on the podcast or Listen to CBC.

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The global effort to reduce carbon emissions and to prevent the worst effects of climate change often goes back to major alternatives – burning oil, planting more trees, installing more (more) electricity. But small triggers also work, though they do not appear immediately. Walk around. They have been playing for a long time in Europe, but they are gaining ground in North America. The New York Times recently published an article about Carmel, Ind., Which is the difference with having the most circles in the US This city of about 100,000 people has about 140 roads, and more are coming. Rotation, as an alternative to electrical connections, has not only been shown to improve motor performance and reduce injuries, but also helps to reduce emissions, as cars do not stop and start over – a process that emits carbon dioxide. .

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Lake Manitoba is characterized by a lack of glaciers

(Presented by Peter Hofbauer)

Ms. Nature has turned Lake Manitoba into a photographic project featuring an ice skeleton.

Areas that are usually flat, glaciers have been transformed into something resembling rocks and boulders, as they can see.

In one area, the water appeared in rows that looked as if someone had dropped a box of toothpicks or a needle on the floor and frozen there.

Glaciologist Jeff Kavanaugh says that all of this is due to the freezing temperatures – the water that remains in the freezing point at the bottom of the freezer – is being moved and shaken by the wind as it solidifies.

The round shape, like a stone is known as slush balls – “very poetic name, I know,” he said with a laugh. This is a great need for the two – so Kavanaugh, an assistant professor of earth science and astronomy at the University of Alberta, has never met them personally.

“It’s something I would like to see,” he told host Marcy Markusa in an interview with CBC Informative radio Tuesday.

Ice problems were observed over the weekend by Peter Hofbauer, who owns a Steep Rock Kayak and Canoe on the east coast, about 200 miles northwest of Winnipeg.

He took pictures and posted them on Instagram with a simple question: “Have you ever seen the sea freeze like this?”

The article is loved and shared several times, and many people call it a beautiful, amazing and interesting design. “Nature is amazing and these pictures,” someone wrote.

Hofbauer told Markusa that he had been traveling at sea for seven days before taking pictures. After researching the appearance of the ice, he found that some of the elements had to come together at the right time – extremely cold air temperature, open water near freezing and high winds.

“The water formed ice balls and they just piled up on the beach, and just spread out in the ocean as far as I can see,” he said.

According to Kavanaugh, that’s right. There should be a small window where the water is open and cool enough for the mud balls to form due to the waves.

“If there is enough wind to blow water, there may be drops that come out of the air and freeze and fall off like ice,” he said. “And if there are enough waves from that wind, instead of making ice, the pancakes are broken, and they spin in the waves and form mud balls.”

To find out about the floor, Hofbauer came out Monday night and cut the section to look down, which was very smooth. But he also said that as soon as they were removed from the masses, the balls turned to hail.

“That’s why they call it cheap balls,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s like you take a snowball – a mixed snowball … and put it in water. They are very delicate.”

As for the rod-shaped structures, each about five inches[8 cm]long, Hofbauer discovered the thin layer of ice on the shore.

This is also made of very high water, but with less energy, Kavanaugh said.

“In a stable environment, water molecules can form themselves into crystals and begin to grow like needles.

Unaware of the limited scientific name of the ball, Hofbauer coined the Latin name for the event: Cryolapidarius maritimus, which is said to mean “rock formations that are cold from the sea.”

“Yes, a better name than sports balls,” said Kavanaugh.

Darren Bernhardt

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