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Cloudy Friday, avalanche warning for the alpine
Cloudy Friday, avalanche warning for the alpine
The fog and low-cloud might very well re-develop as some computer models suggest through Friday. With some cloud cover and low marine clouds, the peeks of the sun are likely few and far between on Friday. For this reason, we’re forecasting a high of 7°C under mostly cloudy conditions. 
Peering into the weekend: there are several more hours of sunshine, although fog banks and low clouds will likely create some unique opportunities for photographers. 
The shower chance remains low, but the real danger lurks up the Sea-to-Sky corridor with a Special Avalanche Warning issued by Avalanche Canada. The warmer temperatures aloft are predisposing the snow to failure, creating a significant avalanche risk. 
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Avalanche Canada
(1/4)❗️In partnership with @ParksCanada, we're issuing a special public avalanche warning for the North and South Columbias, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, and Glacier, Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks. https://t.co/3qTdViDjw3
What you need to know, currently.
Currently co-hosted a live Twitter Space conversation with Pacific Environment Weekly— highlighting the perspectives of climate and communication experts from Tonga— after the devastating Volcanic eruption on Jan. 15.
Pacific island Journalist, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson lead a conversation with Joseph Sikulu, the Pacific Managing Director of 350 Pacific, and Josephine Latu-Sanft, international communication specialist.
They discussed the trauma of the event but also how the spirit of the communities in Tonga and the broader Pacific islands help people to navigate the climate crisis. They delved into the way western media often victimizes the people of the Pacific when discussing climate change rather than highlighting the work and unique resilience of the communities of the frontlines of the climate crisis. 
Sikulu, who is currently located in Australia, said that he went several days without hearing from his family members in Tonga.
“We’ve gone from worrying about whether or not they’re there or whether or not they’re safe to worrying now about whether or not they’re going to have enough water or food to get them through the next week.” said Sikulu, “Now it’s, how do we get support home as fast as possible?”
Latu-Sanft discussed how people without a connection to the Pacific consume coverage as if they are watching a movie, but will quickly forget about how major disasters impact communities once the action dissipates. 
“The coverage is very disaster-focused.” said Latu-Sanft, “People will move on, but the country will then start the real work of rebuilding, of getting all that mud out of the house and picking up the pieces.”
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
"International media try to push this narrative that we are victims. There's a big difference between talking to a Pacific journalist and to those from outside of the region," Joseph Sikulu @350Pacific sharing perspective on Tonga volcano eruption coverage.
Sikulu and Cherelle Jackson said that the media pushes a victim narrative onto people from Tonga, however, the resiliency and work that those in the Pacific are doing around climate change are not often highlighted. 
“In these moments when the world is looking at Tonga and when the world is looking at the Pacific, we also need to be asking these questions around, not just what can we do now in the aftermath of this disaster, but what can we do to ensure the resilience of our islands especially in this time of escalating climate crisis,” said Sikulu.
Josephine Latu-Sanft
And each time, people pick up & carry on. Often with humour & while singing a hymn! I’m no expert but I would think being grateful/positive, having a form of faith & relying on each other as a community helps ease the otherwise depressing mental effects of so much trauma. (3/4)
Latu-Sanft said that people in Tonga use humor to cope and rebuild after disasters. She said that climate communicators can learn from this when framing climate stories so that people do not become overwhelmed and apathetic. 
“We can’t get around the fact that this is a devastating event. It’s traumatic for people.” said Latu-Sanft, “But the media has a taste just for that, rather than the positive stories.”
Look out for further discussions with the broader Pacific island climate community in future Twitter Spaces. Check out the latest story from Cherelle Jackson highlighting stories from Tonga after the eruption.
Josephine Latu-Sanft
This is why I stan my fellow #Pacific media pro @lagipoiva. Thank you for showcasing these stories of courage & heart from the #Pacific to the world. #Tonga #tongatsunami

‘Absolutely amazing’: Tongan man swept away by tsunami stayed afloat for 24 hours https://t.co/CNlc3MlYyY
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