Over the past few days, apocalyptic skies have darkened Tony Wawatie's traditional territory around Barriere Lake. Hundreds of wildfires are scorching Quebec's Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, forcing most of the First Nation's roughly 800 members to evacuate.
Ever since fighting “The Beast” — a massive system of wildfires that devastated Fort McMurray and swept through northern Alberta in 2016 — Ron Quintal says his “anxiety level goes from zero to 100 in a matter of minutes” at that telltale sign of smoke.
Nova Scotia is dealing with not seen before rates of forest fires. Governments at all levels need to realize these are not isolated incidents, but warning signs of the larger climate emergency at hand.