“In like a lion, out like a lamb.” So goes the idiom for March weather. This year is different, however. My family lives in the exceptionally beautiful Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, and our winter is not ready to quit. Two feet of snow coating our yard and a winter weather advisory for tonight forecasting six inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain are reminders that Mother Nature sure has a good sense of humor. Well, sometimes she does. If you recall the early Chiffon commercials, Mother Nature also has an angry side when you mess with her.
Such is the case with our wild 2013 weather which is yet another indicator of climate change. Severe drought in California, blistering heat in Australia, unparalleled Typhoon Hainan that ravaged the Philippines, extreme flooding in England, and so on. We’re not fooling Mother Nature. Rather, we are fooling ourselves. Extracting fossil fuels (old carbon) from the earth and releasing them into the atmosphere to power our cars and factories, and heat our homes and businesses has disrupted the natural carbon cycle. The end result is an atmosphere with over 50% more CO2 than “normal”–And a pissed off Mother Nature.
There are messages everywhere revealing the precarious condition of the climate. We know them. We read about them. We watch them on the news. And then we disregard many of them unless they literally hit us over the head. I’m quite sure the residents of California, particularly the farmers, are very concerned about the climate. The same can be said for the Philippine victims who survived the Typhoon. A recent Bloomberg article on climate change had the line, “I wish it weren’t so, but forewarned is forearmed.” Mother Nature is warning us, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature.” Let’s do the right thing for all species of life that inhabit this lovely planet by leaving a legacy we can be proud of, not one that has future generations wondering “What were they thinking??”
Next blog entry we will explore what the “right things” are.