It's a crazy World
Let's Wake up to Climate change
POLITICSCLIMATE CHANGE SEASONS
Everything is awry. The beautiful early autumn colours that I spoke of last week have faded. That brilliant blaze of orange and gold has quickly turned to ashes, and the leaves are now a sad dull brown. They curl and seem ready to crumble away. It should not be like this. And still there is no rain. Once more the long range forecast promises storms and showers, but , as they say, we'll believe it when we see it. We continue to collect our drinking water from the village, while our bore hole offers up plentiful supplies for other purposes. "But what if the water table dries up too?" I ask B. anxiously. It is already well past the time that storms normally break into our long summers. But then, when rain does eventually fall, the ground is so hard and dry, it will just run off the surface anyway.
Looking further afield, a major Australian ski resort has closed two of its four ski lifts due to lack of snow. This has been attributed to climate change. In the northern hemisphere disasters are widespread, from floods in the Nevada desert that have turned everything to a dangerous slimy mud, to fires in Rhodes and Hawaii. And yet still tourists have flocked to these islands to play on beaches in the midst of burnt out landscapes. Their flights are exacerbating the very cause of these disasters. Did I say that it's a crazy world?
Surely we cannot now deny that we humans are responsible for climate change. So... "what can we do?" I look around me at the life style that we have adopted in the West with our frequent flying , and profligate use of fossil fuels and other resources. Here are some of the things that I have heard people say recently.
"I'm too old to change my life style. now."