The climate crisis harms the most vulnerable in our society: those who have fewer social and financial resources to protect themselves from extreme events. People like the working poor, seniors, and single mothers. We all know someone affected by spring and winter flooding on the St. John River, or storm surges and erosion on our coasts. Heatwaves from Bathurst to Saint Andrews are harming our health and crops. Power outages in winter and summer put our safety and food at risk.
We need to be the change we want to see. We can be role models. We can show others how to be active citizens who favour climate action. We can make lifestyle changes. We can tell stories of brave climate heroes like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and other courageous young people taking a stand. We can support people working hard to change laws and rules to cut climate-changing pollution.
When we make these changes, we all benefit from cleaner, healthier air and water, and a safer climate. Investing in a clean electricity system and protecting nature also means we can have careers that make a positive impact on our lives today and into the future.
If we act now on climate change, we can protect all of us from these extreme events. By acting immediately, we can shift New Brunswick to affordable, reliable, and renewable sources of electricity and make transportation non-polluting. We can invest in flood prevention and protect people from heatwaves and ticks. We can conserve forests and make agriculture more sustainable.
To build a cleaner, safer, healthier future we need to educate the public about climate change. We also need to talk to friends and family about climate change, challenge those who pretend climate change isn’t real, and tell the truth about what lies ahead if we don’t act. We all need to be a climate hero.
Below, find resources to help you become a climate hero.Learn about how to talk about climate change with your friends, family and coworkers. Learn about New Brunswickers who are already making positive lifestyle changes at home and work. And learn what you can do today to support climate solutions and make a difference.