Make way for readers | Adapting to Climate Change

Of course adapting to climate change, but also becoming aware and counteracting its effects. Here’s a look at our readers’ emails to our Friday Call to All.

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A matter of life or death

I think we should not adapt, but rather be alarmed and realize that we need to make a quick turn. A bit like the pandemic, we have to act quickly. Make it clear that it is a matter of life or death. If transport is really the root cause of the problem, the price of petrol must remain extremely high and that of public transport extremely low. That all transported consumer products are expensive and local products extremely cheaper.

Paule Setlakwe

Shared responsibility

Very easy. Everyone should be aware that this responsibility does not rest solely with the leaders. Let’s start with the basics, which is to stop buying those pickup trucks that swarm the roads, it feels like Texas among the farmers. Do all owners of these vans have an essential need for their jobs? Second, stop idling vehicles when children have to leave school, for example. Or set the air conditioning in the house to 25°C instead of 21°C. And is it necessary in stores to be greeted by an icy wind upon entering? There are a myriad of gestures to be made and very often it is just a matter of common sense.

Yolande Baribeau

Lighten the load

When it comes to protecting our planet, as long as there is no major catastrophe, politicians on the eve of the election will continue to make beautiful promises to forget them once they are re-elected. In the meantime, to mitigate the harmful and costly impacts of climate change, the frequency of which will increase, I suggest that the governments of Quebec and Canada, as well as the municipalities, consider implementing a plan to bury power lines in network hotspots. With such a plan spread over a long period of time, the number of power cuts and repairs to be made could be significantly reduced. The same governments could also subsidize the purchase of a generator and the cost of installing it on a home’s electrical grid. Insurers, for their part, could reduce the home insurance premium of the insured who has carried out such an installation. Without solving the problem, such measures could at least alleviate the burden of extreme weather events.

Alain Bergmans

Adaptation or prevention?

This question is loaded with meaning. We ask ourselves “how we can adapt to climate change”, when we should individually and collectively ask ourselves “how we can prevent or at least reduce it”. Do we admit defeat before we fight?

Marc Couturier

Put the deed to the word

We know exactly what to do: reduce and completely eliminate our oil consumption as quickly as possible; make an urgent transition to clean and renewable energy sources; condense, condense, condense, for a life of closeness; stop sprawl and rethink our living environment; buy less and as local as possible; protection of fauna and flora, forests, waterways, seas; give up certain luxuries: recreational air travel, cruises, large houses with few inhabitants, multiple vehicles, etc. ; eliminating waste, overpacking, general overconsumption; Eliminate single-use items as much as possible, especially plastic. In short, everything has already been said a thousand times instead of once. What is needed is to go from words to deeds. And it has to start with our governments taking strong actions or individuals will not succeed.

Danielle Braun, Plaisance

Stop these changes

Above all, it is necessary to take action to curb these changes. We will eventually adapt to new regulations.

Mance Brisebois

The guilty

Being aware of this would be a good start. Then see what each of us can do to fight them. Unfortunately, in our quest for comfort, our I-I-I refuse to change its habits. Anyone who owns an SUV has a good reason to own one. That’s what they say. Finally, we say to ourselves that this struggle is not ours, but the government’s, this entity that is separated from us, so distant and impersonal. The culprit, what!

Alain Rousseau


Municipalities must have places of refuge. Let’s take advantage of the presence of many places of worship that are now abandoned, churches and presbyteries to transform them into autonomous spaces for people affected by bad weather. These self-sufficient energy supplies and equipped to accommodate the affected population will need to be operational 12 out of 12 months. Many villages are vulnerable to various kinds of disasters and action upstream is imperative. For example, a community center with large buildings, a popular kitchen and septic systems can be quickly set up with public safety teams as a refuge and comfort! I experienced the ice storm of 1998, where I could eat, wash and sleep on the premises of my work. In rural areas we see a desert for this kind of service.

Daniel Martin


The concept of climate change is far from being understood by the people I meet. It is a vague, distant concept, requiring a significant intellectual effort to see all the consequences to come. In order to adapt to a problem, one must first of all recognize its existence. Only then can we try to imagine the long-term consequences and take measures to reduce the damage. We face a real educational challenge, especially at the decision-making level. I would be surprised if someone told me that the majority of mayors in Quebec have read the abstracts of the latest IPCC reports. We learned a new word this week: derecho. He’s not even in Antidote. Yet it is a well-known weather phenomenon in the southeastern United States. We will have to adapt to phenomena we do not know. We will also need to stop thinking that unpleasant weather events related to global warming will just be bad times to pass. Adaptation is only possible through information and acceptance of these climate changes.

Gaston Berube

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