Everything is burning. We have nearly 200 wildfires raging in the province right now. Fire bans across the board. The hottest, driest summer on record so far. Drought.
And the smoke has spread out to areas that aren’t on fire, has descended onto towns, has filled our lungs and made us cough and choke on the ash.
It looks like the end of the world outside.
This morning I woke up to yellow light streaming into my mother’s bedroom, where I’m sleeping while I stay with her. This morning I woke up to our cars covered in ash; to white flecks falling like snow through the sky. Things only got worse as the day went on. What was mildly irritating smoke smell in the air in the morning became unbreathable by mid-afternoon.
We closed all the windows and doors. There’s no AC, no fans, and it got up to 26C today. But it was better to suffer in heat than to damage our lungs.
This evening, we made a grocery store run, thinking we’d at least spend some time in an air conditioned, smoke free environment. We got one of those things right. The haze had even penetrated the fortress walls of QF, hanging like some ineffable doom over the aisles of cereal and coffee and bread.
BC is burning. BC is burning and we can’t breathe.
People are losing their homes. Firefighters and tree fallers are losing their lives. The province is burning and bleeding and suffering.
When I look out onto our ghost town street, normally fairly lively on summer days, even Sundays, when I stare at a landscape that could be taken from Silent Hill, half of me feels despair.
The other half feels a deep, fathomless anger.
Fires are raging all over BC and last year the province spent NOTHING ON WILDFIRE MITIGATION. NOTHING.
Because that is what happens when your government destroys scientific knowledge, muzzles scientists, and ignores FACTS about the world around us. This is what happens when you have an ultra conservative party in charge that won’t be content until it’s completely destroyed your country.
Harper fiddles while Canada burns. Christie plays back up on the triangle.
Fires are raging all over BC and California and the rest of the Coast is suffering drought and still corporations steal our water; still people deny climate change.
The hottest summer on record. The HOTTEST. Is that global warming fucking hot enough for you yet?
Temperatures rise ACROSS THE GLOBE but because there’s a cold spot in Eastern and Southern US during the winter, people deny the truth that is SLAPPING THEM IN THE FACE and crawling into their lungs, choking them with the ash and soot.
We are burning our planet alive. BC is just a small part of that.
BC is burning. The West Coast is drying up. We are dying.
Wake the fuck up.