Senior driving through North to combat global warming
Prince George (B.C.) Citizen, Thursday, July
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.