Need to tackle climate change

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Cost of inaction on climate change arguably more than taking steps to mitigate effects

When the Conservative Opposition advocates increasing security to keep Canadians safe, they generally mean from extremist militants the like of ISIS.

But with 2015 coming out as the warmest year since records first started being documented back in the mid-1800s, perhaps it couldn’t hurt to address another potential threat.

Regardless of whether climate change is induced, accelerated or even completely unaffected by human activity, the simple fact remains.

It’s happening.

Weather patterns are getting more frequent and extreme, the ice caps are slowly but surely melting and oceans are in turn rising.

In other words, thousands of miles of shorelines around the world will at best be flooded or at worst completely gone. From harbours and port cities to small fishing villages, the map is poised to change in the coming years and decades.

If oil companies taking measures to mitigate the effects of climate change on their ocean platforms and infrastructure isn’t a sufficient enough indicator that it might be a good time for governments around the globe to start taking the issue more seriously, what is?

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Simon Ducatel is the editor of the Sundre Round Up and a longtime columnist for other publications of Mountain View Publishing.