I'm worried that the experience of a white Christmas is slowly disappearing for most Canadians. According to Environment Canada, the probability of a white Christmas has decreased by 15 per cent for most of the country since the 1960s. Perhaps it's time we start to think about ways to preserve these pastimes. Doing so will help maintain the Canadian experience, and fight the dangerous impacts of climate change at the same time.
Jason Thistlethwaite is a recent PhD graduate at the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs, Director of the Climate Change Adaptation Project (adaptnow.ca) at the University of Waterloo, and a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Catastrophic Resources (ICLR) at Western University. His PhD dissertation focused on innovative strategies designed to deal with global environmental challenges by reforming the governance of international financial markets. The most recent output from the project is an article titled, The ClimateWise Principles: Self-Regulating Climate Change Risks in the Insurance Sector in the journal Business & Society. His current research project attempts to explain the politics around the mobilization of private capital by social entrepreneurs and NGOs to support climate change governance and sustainable development. Jason’s other research interests include international financial regulatory reform and global climate change politics.
Doom and gloom predictions about future climate change do little to help solve the problem. International organizations, environmental groups and government delegates heading to Doha next week for the latest round of United Nations negotiations on climate change should heed this message. It seems like we're already off to a poor start. This type of strategy does little to shock anyone to do anything. In fact, some psychologists argue that such dire predictions may increase skepticism about the science behind climate change. These predictions also fit into the "climate change denier" narrative that research on future climate change is exaggerated and "alarmist."
11/23/2012 11:25 EST
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