Canada's 2023 Wildfire Season
2 billion tonnes Co2 released
5% of Canada's forests gone
200 000 Evacuated
18.5 Million Hectares burned
At least 6 Dead.
yet over 70% of Firefighters are volunteers. Forces have lost 30 000 firefighters since 2016.
That's almost 4 times Canada's annual emissions, and equivalent to the emissions of 100 countries
This season was 6x worse than average.
Canada's boreal forest was especially hit hard as we lose our last precious carbon sinks.
Climate change is causing seasons to get hotter and drier. More smoke from wildfires produces more lightening, and this creates dangerous feedback loops.
Those living in small northern communities - Indigenous communities especially, are facing the devastating impacts of the climate crisis first. Over 42% of evacuees are Indigenous.
"What we do, in the next 3-4 years, i believe, Is going to determine the future of humanity"
Sir David King,
former chief scientific advisor to the UK government, February 2021
a national firefighting agency that trains and employs 50 000 firefighters
Canada IMPLEMENTS Legally binding citizens' assemblies to tackle the climate and ecological crisis in less than 2 years
A size of land the area of Greece burned in Canada this summer and 2 billion tonnes of Carbon Dioxide were emitted as a result of devastating wildfires. Meanwhile, over 70% of Canada's wildfire fighting forces are volunteers. This is at 1.3 degrees of warming, and we must demand that Canada protect those fighting on the front lines of the climate crisis and protect our last precious carbon sinks.
We can't trust our criminal government to take the measures necessary to save us, as they've known about the climate crisis for decades. We must put power back into the hands of ordinary people to reach for the change that is necessary to secure us a livable future.
Civil resistance is our last chance at survival
iteration is key. we will win.