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Effective transit system is essential

I have been hammering away at the global warming issue for some time, and I will continue to do so until we change our policies, although it may already be too late.

Bosnia has recently been subjected to worse flooding than anyone can remember. A quarter of the country’s population, or a million people, has been affected by the floods. Disasters like this can wipe out any country.

But who cares about Bosnia? That’s way on the other side of the planet.

Closer to home, the huge wildfires in California have caused some people to coin a new word: firenado.

The entire state of California is currently experiencing severe drought.

This is also causing crop failures, and the price of certain foods will rise significantly.

We are already seeing some of that.

Of course, people on fixed incomes will be hit hard by food price increases.

As to policy changes, the immediate need is for city dwellers to stop driving cars. I am not recommending that people walk or ride bicycles. In order to get people out of cars and still keep the economy running, we need an effective public transit system.

The other day, I stood at the bus stop for almost an hour before I gave up, and this was on a Saturday in the middle of Burnaby.

Nobody is going to abandon their car for such a system. There needs to be a massive investment in the public transit system right now. We cannot afford to wait on this until Richmond is 10 feet below sea level.

Victor Finberg

Burnaby

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