Susan Haigh, The Salish Sea
16" x 16", acrylic on canvas, CAN$750.00 Unframed - Available for Sale
I love my home waters of the Salish Sea. It worries me to think of the increasing number of ships passing through and the inevitability of an oil spill one day. This coastal ecosystem is precious and precarious. Gone are the days of abundance that I enjoyed as a child. We have overfished our waters and overlogged the land. Meanwhile, adverse effects from climate change are already being seen. Western Red cedar trees are dying because of hotter and dryer summers. Higher water temperatures are contributing to decline in salmon, a favourite food of the resident killer whales. Ocean acidification, caused by increased CO2 in the atmosphere, can cause the hard shells of animals such as oysters and clams to become soft and leave them unprotected. As these species die off the repercussions are felt up through the food web to fish and mammals. Dramatically reducing our use of fossil fuels is necessary to stop ocean acidification. It breaks my heart to think of any more stresses being put on the delicate balance of this inland sea and its complex ecosystem.