Gibsons, British Columbia, was looking for savings on its annual infrastructure spending. To do this, the town used “Eco-assets” accounting to evaluate the local ecosystem’s potential value and vulnerability. Gibsons determined that three natural systems provided significant benefits for minimal cost using the eco-assets accounting process. Aquifers were responsible for water storage and filtering; creeks and ditches provided rainwater management, while their foreshore area was a natural barrier to the sea. Each of these natural resources provided services with significant monetary value.

Gibsons created a strategy to manage these eco-assets. They were recognized as essential elements of municipal infrastructure, which provide long-term savings for infrastructure budgets. Referring to the resilience qualities of cities, this example shows that these natural assets clear snow provide robustness (robust design), redundancy, and fail-safe networks. The eco-asset accounting offers clear evidence of its value. My timelines are full of talk about climate change in my social media bubble. To the extent,t I think I’ve come to accept that everyone knows all about it. Obviously, if my Twitter feed is full of it, so will the others.

Last week, I posted about the Climate Crisis. It suddenly occurred to me this week that not everyone is on the same page. While many of the people I interact with in my wonderful FB groups, on mine, on Twitter, etc. are pretty knowledgeable and doing amazing stuff for the planet’s sake, there are still some people out there who aren’t as clear about what’s causing it, why it’s so bad, what can be done to reverse it and most importantly, the urgency that this change must happen.

With this beginner’s guide, I am going back to the basics. I will do my best to make it easy! NB. This is a caveat: I’m not an environmental scientist. It’s my interpretation of some of these data. Some facts might not be correct, but I have tried my best! But it’s enough to provide a general overview. Global warming, Climate Crisis, Climate Crisis, Climate Emergency – The phraseology has been updated to describe the problem better. However, they are all still interchangeable.

 

The weather and climate are two separate things. Their main difference is how long they are kept track of. Weather is the view outside the window. The climate describes the weather pattern over time in a particular area. Ass its name implies, climate change is a change in these long-term averages. We’re expecting wetter winters. This year, Spring arrived early thanks to record-breakingly warm February temperatures. We’re now in Jun, the temperatures are still at 11C and there is a lot of rain. Because our climate is changing, we’re seeing some strange weather. The climate is changing so rapidly that there’s a climate emergency crisis.

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