Dr. Kuldip Malhotra
Why I Became an Eco-Leader
Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed the amazing sights and sounds of nature. Like most Canadians, I have been hearing about global warming for many years, but its impact did not fully hit home until my family’s visit to Alberta. We drove on Alberta’s Icefields Parkway and stopped at the Columbia Icefield. As we walked toward the Athabasca Glacier, we came across staked signs which marked the edge of the ice field over the past 50 years.
It was eye-opening to realize how much the glacier has receded in such a short period of time. This is just one of the signs of global warming’s disruption of the ecosystem which affects plants, trees, lakes, and wildlife.
As we move along with our daily lives, often the effects of environmental changes do not appear to be so tangible for us, but clean air and a healthy environment are paramount to our physical and mental well-being. These also affect all living beings, which in turn are part of this fragile system that we share with each other on this planet.
This has been part of my journey to becoming involved with Physicians for the Environment.