On Thin Ice
by LouisDup on September 6, 2017 - 5:45pm
It is undeniable that winter sports are tightly linked to climate change. Canada’s culture and heritage is based off winter sports. Outdoor hockey, skiing, snowboarding, winter mountaineering and much more play big roles in the lives of many people, especially those in Northern America. As climate change gets worse, it is causing warmer temperatures due to the carbon dioxide being trapped in the atmosphere. Due to this, frozen lakes have much thinner ice and the overall snowfall period is shorter. For example, the period of the ice cover in New England is twenty days shorter than it as fifty years ago. Furthermore, it is clear that we have already felt the effects of global warming close to home. In 2015, the weather in December was much higher than it was the previous years. We are already deep in the impacts of climate change, and if we don’t act soon, things will only get worse.
As of today, the future of our winter sports is not as bright as we would like it to be. The winter snow sports industry brings in roughly 60 billion dollars around the world. In Canada, the ski sector brings in about 139 million dollars per year To add to this, the winter tourism industry gives the economy of Canada approximately 5 billion dollars annually. Scientists predict that if we don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions, outdoor skating rinks in Canada will be gone in the next twenty to thirty years. On top of this, the length of the outdoor skating season will shorten immensely. The winter brings in a lot of money to the economy, with a shorter winter, not only will the economy lose money, but many jobs will also be lost. Canadians look forward to winters because they are able to do things they can’t do during the rest of the year. Although there are some alternatives such as indoor centres, trying to develop ski on the sand, etc, these solutions are not always permanent and still change the whole meaning of winter sports.
In conclusion, global warming is affecting us in many aspects of our lives. We have all the information and proof that what we are doing to the planet is impacting us negatively. Even with the proof, we are still ignoring the effects of climate change. Unfortunately we do not have a lot of time to change what is already done, but we can find ways to ensure that our kids can experience what we are privileged enough to experience today.
David Suzuki “Just Cool It”