Living, Farming, and Blogging through Climate Change.
It’s ever-present and yet hard to pinpoint, but such is the nature of this massive complex of phenomena we refer to as weather and climate – it’s even more slippery now that it is changing rapidly around us in ways we can’t yet fully predict. The data is in and the scientific community has come to the preponderance of opinion that climate change is a real global phenomenon being perpetuated by human activiities. Here are some sources from NASA, NOAA and WikiPedia on the subject. We will not spend the time here to discuss the existence or causes of this reality, that is a point for another article – here I would like to write about what it’s like to live, work, and farm through this global phenomenon.
Those of us who know about climate change have been paying attention for some time; I remember doing my first research project on the subject and giving a presentation to my flabbergasted sophomore class in high school about this thing that couldn’t be directly perceived yet but nonetheless haunted our future. The response even now, as effects can be observed in the natural world and even the sky around us (even the mountains 3 miles away are obscured now by a thick haze of wildfire smoke… a first in 53 years for this area), is mixed, ranging from emotional denialism to nonchalance to acceptance colored by worry. The snow pack on the mountains here and in California has disappeared early, and emergency drought has been declared. It’s common right now for people to complain about respiratory, sinus and eye distress, and people are getting ear aches. It’s my feeling that these are just some of the first effects of health to be observed this summer related to climate, aside from the extreme heat and drought itself. I have found myself in demand with my kit of essential oils, providing natural essences that clear the anaerobic bacteria from their orifices and improve their overall health.
The big question right now has to do with life – all its kingdoms – and whether or not it can adapt readily to the rapidly changing climate. Are the timings of mating, feeding, pollinating and seeding and so on self-timed (i.e., by the heat or dryness itself), and not by some independent sidereal marker? Will life survive? Or will the climate snap so fast and wildly that birds, butterflies, frogs, and yes humans can’t adapt? These are the questions that we are asking, and will be testing one way or another, in this massive ecological experiment-gone-wrong that a whole society seems to be marching into like zombies.
A critical factor in identifying the causes of all this, let alone correcting them, will be to get other humans to accept their own part in things. In other words, in the middle of this heat, how do you convince someone not to turn on the air conditioner, or drive to the lake to cool off? How do you make the case that they should suffer discomfort for the sake of averting an almost-invisible crisis? Even if you manage to convince them that they have a part to play in it, how do you convince them to voluntarily suffer and limit their activities when so many obviously aren’t? How do you make it clear that their activities to improve might have an impact large enough to change things? Ironically, convincing people that doing anything will make a difference may be more difficult than getting people to admit there has been climate change – something many deny even now even when the evidence is searing them in the face! Things have become more complicated recently with people linking climate change to chemtrails and geomodification, subjects which though may be based on accurate observation, only cast confusion on a matter which should be clear enough already to take mass action.
So acceptance of the fact that climate change is occurring, and adoption of solutions to combat it, may rest on finding real solutions that do not leave most people with less – doesn’t require them to “go without” more than they are comfortable. It involves getting them to accept the existence of a problem, recognizing their part in creating and solving it, and connecting them with the awesome and world-changing technologies being created by geniuses all over the world that they can adopt. We need to get groups of people as large as armies planting trees, picking up trash, installing solar panels, creating lot and backyard gardens like their life literally depends on it. Here we are at the crossroads of all that…
Welcome to the climate, changed.