"While the premiers made little progress on how to stem rising greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. Campbell's proposal was to focus on the results of global warming, such as extreme weather patterns that can lead to floods, fire and drought.
"“I would hope that we can move ahead and British Columbia will be moving ahead certainly with a water initiative with Alberta. We hope Saskatchewan and other provinces will join us,” he said moments before the closed-door session began,”"Here is the link to that news article at the Globe & Mail.
I thought I would check the BC government website to see if there might be some details on this "initiative" buried there and in a speech at the Climate Adaptation Conference in Ottawa last week, Campbell had this to say...
"We take our water for granted in Canada. You know there’s an awful lot of water in places that it’s not needed and not enough water in places where it is needed. We’ve all watched as the flood-drought syndrome that’s starting to take place, certainly in western Canada. It’s important for us to look at how we deal with that, with those issues.
And it’s important for us to deal with it in concert. So next week as the Premiers come to Vancouver, I’m going to be encouraging them to work at least an inter-provincial and, hopefully, a national water conservation strategy. I believe we should have a national water security strategy, a national flood mitigation strategy. I think we should be looking at our forests across our country and saying how do we make sure that we know the kind of forests we should be replanting, how can we stop the level of deforestation we’ve had and move closer and closer to net deforestation across the country. All of those things are going to require all of us, all of us. It requires the forest industry, the federal government, the provincial governments of New Brunswick and British Columbia. It requires all of us. We can all learn from one another."
Hmmm, BC has a lot of water and southern Alberta needs water. Are you thinking what I am thinking? Does this water security strategy include transportation?
Oh, lordy, I just grabbed this (dorky) pic off the BC Government website.
This gives me so much more confidence knowing that these provincial leaders are dealing with such pressing issues. Hey, wait, they're all men! They're all dressed the same! They're clones! We're doomed.