Islands/mes îles

How fortunate that my islands are not threatened immediately by rising sea levels. The plea at the UN of the young mom for her Island/Country home continues to play in my mind. With the meeting of world leaders, one can only hope that there will be action and not just rhetoric, steps that will delay the frightening consequences of our abuse of planet Earth.
On ne peut pas passer notre temps à regarder à ce qu’on aura pu faire pour se rendre au point actuel. Ce soir j’aimerais présenter la beauté actuelle de ma ville, Montréal. C’est plutôt une pause pendant les discussions sérieuses. Notre devoir de contribuer à la baisse de réchauffement n’est pas à minimiser.
This photo comes from the Westmount lookout…on the top of the second bump of Mount Royal. It has been a view of Montréal that I have gazed upon for years. The number of high-rises have clustered and partially concealed the majestic St Laurent. The view shows the extent of land on either side of the river that is low-lying. For years real estate on higher reaches of Westmount were prized for the view, but now the calculation of rising waters will add to their appeal.
Une belle journée chaude de la fin novembre, m’a donné le prétexte de prendre le détour pour prendre cette photo. En effet même sans la verdure d’été ou les couleurs d’automne, la vue m’impressionne. Je ne peux m’imaginer comment les Montréalais vont répondre quand le fleuve va quitter son lit pour grimper vers le centre-ville et monter la montagne. Ça ne sera pas drôle pour nos petits-enfants. Ça inspire les résolutions pour freiner la hausse à 1C.
And my other love, PEI will not be spared. It will take 6 m of ocean rise to see most of Kings Co underwater and 9m to reach my cottage. But there is little solace in these numbers, the major roads flood at 3 m. Isolation, loss of farm lands, increased severity of storms certainly are easy to understand. Little by little the issues become clearer and measures that an individual can undertake must make their way into my habits and those of us all…
But remember to love the beauty we now enjoy!


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