Fernie Fix Magazine

Five years ago, I was sitting in a Board Directed Session with the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) on Climate Change Impacts and Implications. I sat in silence, hanging on every word and feeling my core temperature rise alongside the trajectory of the global temperature on the chart before us. I swore everyone in the room could hear my heart beating and see the level of anxiety I was experiencing. It was a pivotal moment in my life. While I have always been environmentally conscious, I was now determined to be environmentally active. 

Sometimes, I take on too much. (Okay, my family might say most times. But acknowledgment is the first step, right?) The holidays make it challenging for me to ignore this… habit? addiction? of mine, as I begin to feel increasingly overwhelmed with the list of things that need to get done, alongside the regular school / work / activity schedules.

As October comes to a close, I begin to feel a bit of a loss… for daylight, warmth and what feels like an abundance of time. Daylight Savings coming to an end November 6 doesn’t help. But I know, once I settle into the month, with its beautiful changing of seasons so obvious from town with the colours creeping up the mountainsides transitioning to snow dusted peaks, I’ll begin to feel the stirrings of anticipation creep in.

Two years ago, during my first year on the board with the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), we received a presentation on Climate Change Impacts and Implications. It was shocking and devastating and I 
left questioning my choice to have had children. What kind of mess are they going to be left with? I felt hopeless. 

We all have our own playlists, a current favourite song, a first song we loved, a song that makes us want to get up and move, a song that takes our breath away.

It’s so easy to become complacent. Moving through each day, satisfied with what we have, what we’re doing, where we’re going. It’s simple, comfortable and helps us to avoid disappointment, avoid failure. But, what if?