A cold start to December but the hottest year on record. Each year is getting hotter. Must stop burning fossil fuels altogether!
Blue skies, fluffy clouds,
Cool breeze, leaves down,
Squirrel scampers burying store,
Shadows lengthening, Autumn here.
My first blog posting of 2016. Unseasonal weather continues and links now being made with possible climate change. Doh! Only certainty about the weather is it is unpredictable and will become more so. UK needs to plan for floods, high winds, droughts, sea level rise, greater storm surges and high temperatures when considering the future. And we need to really up the action on not burning fossil fuels and other global warming chemicals. We also need after doing that to encourage the rest of the world as well.
Went to a talk Thursday in Saxmundham by Prof John Midwinter. He showed a series of powerpoint slides which outlined the evidence that the climate is changing. The CO2 levels in the atomosphere are at the highest levels than in hundreds of thousands of years.
Many still are climate change skeptics. Don’t believe the evidence and so don’t see any reason for change. Looking at the ‘problem’ in a different way might help.
Let’s assess the risk and then manage it. What can we do personally, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in the context of risk management?
Can we afford to ignore the risks ( wild weather, droughts, floods, sea level rise, large migrations of people, whole ecosystems being threatened, food security threats, and so on).
Will be interesting to hear what is agreed in Paris if anything. If Kyoti and Copenhagen are anything to go by then not enough soon enough.
We need to act locally starting with ourselves, now!
Then join others and be the change.
Which political party is addressing the issues?
- We live in a finite world which can’t keep growing. Infinite growth is not possible.
- The worlds energy resources are going to be in short supply within 10 to 20 years. We must go for sustainable, renewable resources and use less better.
- The world and the UK is over populated. Again we cannot continue growing because we live in a finite world. How are we to reduce our populations?
- The UK is in massive debt, as well as having a debt deficit. We need to follow a positive money approach. Stop making money from debt. Get out of debt it is not sustainable.
So which political party is going to tackle any of the above?
Would we vote for a party that suggested we stop growing the economy, reduce the population, use less energy, fine people who waste resources and encourage less travel?
A yesterday a barn owl flew following the hedgerow. Fantastic sight. Then this morning we get a bird of prey dropping into the garden. Didn’t stay still long enough for us to identify what sort. We have had kestrel up close already this year.