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Senior driving through North to combat global warming

Prince George (B.C.) Citizen, Thursday, July 6, 2006

By Bernice Trick, Citizen Staff

A 75-year-old woman from Saltspring Island is on a climate-saving mission to northern B.C.

Dorothy Cutting says she's worried about global warming and predicts we have only about 10 years left to do something about it.

"Those polar ice caps can be gone in 10 to 15 years when you realize that 40 per cent of their mass has disappeared since 1979." Cutting said this week during a stop in Prince George.

"If you think it's hot today, I can't imagine what it will be like then. It's all very scary, but I think people need to know what is happening."

She's driving a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid and says she will not exceed the speed limit as a way to save energy and reduce emissions.

"I haven't filled up my car since I left Vancouver Sunday, and I've not used the air conditioner, but I'll have to today to survive," she said.

She's travelling to Prince Rupert, Skagway and Whitehorse where she'll meet with people along the way to relay her message and encourage them to do something in their own way to "to prevent the impending disaster."

In Inuvik, N.W.T., she'll meet with elders to talk about the climate crisis and learn how it is impacting their lives.

Later this summer she's plans to go to Ottawa where she hopes to meet with Rona Ambrose, federal minister of environment.

"I've got to assume that someone will listen to me because all our grandchildren are at risk," said Cutting who said she'll camp on doorsteps in Ottawa if need be.

"They (federal government) have to honour the Kyoto Accord to cut greenhouse gases in order to survive and I think we have about 10 years to turn it around."

Cutting can be contacted by e-mail: