Skip to main content

September 6, 2009 - In emailing with a friend this week, I was reminded by her of the sometimes infuriating response of people who have willfully remained ignorant about climate change. (An aside: do you sometimes get the feeling that, in the minds of conservatives, anyone who is alarmed about global warming is “just” a tree-hugger and, as such, linked with hippies and war-protestors and lawbreakers and touchy-feely “make love, not war” kinds of stuff? All of which is supposed to provide a good excuse for their obstinacy? Yah – me too.) Not that she responds that way, but I guess members of her family do.

I’m at the point of shrugging and saying “Get out of my way, I haven’t got the time for you.” Not particularly gracious, I’ll grant you, but the time for conversation has run out. Arguing with ignorant people is just a waste of time. Those of us who understand what is at stake need to remember the importance of persistence. We’ve elected a good man as President; now our place is standing shoulder to shoulder with him, in order to help make good things happen!

Unbeknownst to many, the real action is taking place in junior high science classes, where teachers are spreading the word about what lies ahead. I keep waiting for the day when our children and grandchildren come home and demand to know why we’re not doing anything, just as children did when they were taught the dangers

of smoking. Teachers must be torn between telling the whole truth and not wanting to scare their students to death. It has been my experience that “the truth will out.” It has also been my experience that children, in particular, hunger for the truth. One day they’ll come home and tell us, and we’ll wonder what we were so scared of.

In the meantime, keep your carbon footprint as small as possible. Email your congressional representative at least a couple of times a year and let her know about the things you think are important. Grow some vegetables organically.

Wash your clothes with cold water. Hang them out on a line to dry. Work as close to home as possible. Encourage others to do the same. Whatever you do, stay clear of the Republicans: they’re so furious with themselves about what they allowed Bush and Cheney to get away with, and what it’s done to their reputation, they’re likely to say and do anything. Ignore them, and let’s get on with the job at hand.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Scott Pruitt is a Bad Man

March 13, 2017 - Raise your hand if winter weather where you live has been abnormal. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have had record-setting amounts of rain. 2017 has been one of the fastest starting years on record in terms of the tornado count, which currently stands at 301 confirmed tornadoes. There is an historic blizzard taking place in the northeastern US as I write.

When you see words like "record setting" and "historic," think climate change. Otherwise, there is no change; events fall within an average range, established over decades or centuries. The events and patterns just described fall outside that range; they are therefore symptomatic of climate change. Every passing year gets warmer - and worse, by which I mean the damage done by storms measured in dollars, and the number of injuries or deaths caused by storms.

The warmer temperatures occur at night, by the way. Yes, daytime temperatures may also be hellishly hot, but they aren't at the cutting…

Wildfires

March 20, 2017 - Happy Spring, everybody. Today's post will be brief: the ten-year average for number of wildfires during January through mid-March is 8,687 fires that burned 216,894 acres per year in the United States. This year there have been 10,829 fires during that period, burning 2,062,012 acres. You read that right.