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One Planet

Found this on the WWF Youtube channel and thought that it was “share worthy” for this blog🙂

Hope everyone’s summers are going well!

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Just Some Pictures

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Climate Change Affecting the Health of Inuit Communities

In the beginning of this course, we studied communities in the Canadian arctic and how they are affected by climate change. I was still curious about the different ways climate affected Canadians who live in the far north, so I decided to find out a little bit more how climate change might affect their health.

We know that the impacts of climate change reach far and wide, and affect different areas of the world in different ways; in some places the effects are hardly noticed at all, where others the impacts have been devastating and recurring for years. The Inuit communities in Northern Canada, for example, have been experiencing drastic changes for a long time. An example of such an impact is the increase in cases of illness by waterborne diseases in many communities.

In the Artic, the effects of climate change are felt first and most strongly, due to their location and the dependency of those who live there on the environment around them. Climate change in the north has triggered heavier rainfall and faster snowmelt, and because of this, more and more people are being infected by pathogens that are being washed into streams and groundwater people drink from. Because there aren’t many good sources of treated water, people tend to drink from brooks and other open, untreated water sources (especially when they go fishing or hunting).

Studies are looking at how extreme weather events affect waterborne disease outbreaks in aboriginal communities around the world. Sherilee Harper of the University of Guelph, along with a team of scientists, conducted a study to try to assess the correlation between weather patterns and illnesses due to waterborne pathogens. They documented local weather patterns, conducted weekly water tests, and searched clinical records for reports of vomiting and diarrhoea. Their research found that two to four weeks after periods of heavy rainfall, there was an increase in diarrhoea and vomiting. Their conclusion was that with an increase in snowmelt and rainfall comes an increase in bacteria in their water system; more people become infected by these bacteria and get sick.

I think the cases of how health in the North is being affected by climate change should ring as a warning bell for the rest of us. Canadians who live in the Arctic feel the effects of climate change first and more because they are more vulnerable than us to the south, not because we are immune to its effects. If it’s happening in the North, it can happen in southern Ontario as well!

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Hello Spring Time!

As a Canadian the beginning of spring is something I look forward to every year. It is a fresh beginning and allows us to leave many of the hassles of winter behind such shoveling and scraping the car windows, the long dark days and most of all, the cold temperatures.  The arrival of spring has been arriving increasingly earlier by 2.3 – 5.5 days per decade in the last thirty years. Well this may bring joy to many people who are eager to leave winter behind; it is negatively impacting many delegate natural relationships. To add to the complexity, the last winter frost has remained generally constant year per year. The implications of this are affecting an abundant of species including birds, insects and flowers. Species are either going to have to start adapting or otherwise will start disappearing.

One of many seasonal mismatches is the relationship between plants and pollinators.  For example, the honeybee larvae depend on warmer temperatures to survive and an unexpected frost will kill any larvae on the outskirts of the hive. This creates a dramatic drop in the population of the hive. If the plants have a higher tolerance for the frost and do not react the same way, it will slow their honey production preparations. The bees will become out of sync with their primary food source.

Not only is spring arriving earlier, but also autumn is arriving later with a 3-day delay average across 21 countries. The impacts of these seasonality mismatches are even more amplified in the arctic and are impacting human survival. The delay in autumn has affected the migration pattern of moose that have begun to stay in their feeding grounds longer before migrating to their mating territory. Due to the legal hunting season, many natives who depend on the meat they receive from the moose are no longer able to harvest enough meat for the wintertime.

The early arrival of springtime may have a few short-term perks for southern Canadians but it is causing a variety of negative impacts on both the natural world and human life.

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Taking Action to Reduce Poverty.

Do Canadian currency have a billion dollar as a Canadian bill?
Since I came to Canada from four years ago I never heard that; however, as I read if we do not take an action on climate change, that could happen to the Canadian currency and it would affect the winter scenes .

Climate change and poverty are becoming as two of the most crucial issues in Canada especially in the North for the Inuit. Because climate change affect almost all of the Inuit life, and housing is become the most important one I think.

Housing:

Poverty and climate change working together and having an impact on the Inuit housing and their place’s infrastructure.

According to Citizen for Public Justice,  melting permafrost and shoreline erosion are making eventual relocation of entire communities a likely reality. Melting permafrost is also affecting the stability of existing structures and will ultimately change the requirements of home and infrastructure construction.

Also, the cost of bulding new house is considerably more expensive in North Canada because they do not have the material and goods to build new house, and the transportation’s cost is high, which prevent the Inuit to live in a safe and good life.

Finally, I would like to say that we all are RESPONSIBLE about climate change, and there are many ways that we ALL could do to help OUR environment, so we can live safely : )

Thank you ♥ :)

Afnan

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The Sum

Living in Southern Ontario I am privileged enough to see and experience 4 different seasons every year. Winter, spring, summer and fall all heavily influence my daily activities. In the winter time I am forced to shovel my driveway and take my dog on the chilliest walks. In the spring time I am able to see the snow melt and the flowers bloom. In summer I get to submerge myself in the waters of Sauble Beach. Last but not least, in the fall I am able to watch the colour of the leaves change from green to gorgeous reds and oranges. Although I am able to experience all of these wonderful seasons, they have begun to change. Winters in Canada have become shorter and warmer with less snowfall and even multiple instances of  “green” Christmas’. This weather change is due to the climate changing. This is not news to most people or anyone for that matter. Although people are aware of our changing climate it is hard to understand what exactly this means. It’s easy to just think the weather is getting warmer and that is that. Rarely do people think about the effects this will actually have on humans, animals and our planet as a hole.

Climate change can have an effect on our health and well-being. With the increase in temperatures there are direct health effects like increased cases of heat stroke and dehydration.  Air pollution can have a huge effect on our respiratory system and can cause increase the number of Canadian who suffer from asthma. With the change in weather conditions, natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, can become more severe and frequent which puts people more at risk to death, injury and property damage. The melting of ice caps creates a sea level rise which creates huge issues for the Canadian Aboriginals. Their homes, communities and lives are being destroyed due to the change in climate and warming of the Canadian North.

Although climate change isn’t anything new to Canadians, what is new is the ways in which we can influence our country to take part in reducing this climate change. Taking part in “Robocall Steve for Climate Change” showed me that if a group of people are dedicated enough we can help to raise awareness and influence Canadians to be concerned about our changing climate. I want to continue to educate people about how important it is to care for our environment. Every single individual helps to make a difference. Working together we can achieve great things, working together we as Canadians have the ability to stop the destruction of our planet.

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