The weird weather that all but wiped out this year’s apple crop is a disaster for local farmers and a setback for those of us who try to support them by buying local fruit whenever possible. But when are we going to start really sharing the pain of climate change and doing something serious about it?
In the last 100 months, we’ve had 17 rain storms severe enough to
flood homes in Hamilton. Nearly half of those storms have been only
supposed to occur once every 50 years. Most of the costs have been borne
by those whose properties and possessions have been flooded.
It’s good to see local councillors seeking more information about
flood dangers arising from more development of rural Stoney Creek, but
it should be obvious by now that paving over agricultural land and
natural areas will inevitably make things worse.
Beyond our community, the damages from extreme weather are far more
severe. In the couple of weeks alone, 350 homes were destroyed in the
Colorado wildfires and more than 40,000 people evacuated, while18 people
were killed and two million left without electricity on the east coast
as the United States suffered through a massive heat wave that set or
tied over 2,100 high temperatures records.
Overseas flooding and drought clearly connected with climate change
are killing tens of thousands every year according to the United
Everyone knows this is the ugly face of global climate change, but
incredibly, the media barely mention this – apparently frightened that
some Conservative ideologue will denounce them. Instead, the weather
forecasters talk about the “new normal” and the “unusually warm
And our politicians aren’t much better – especially the bunch in
charge in Ottawa who only seem to work for the big oil companies, and
who ‘combat’ climate change by firing or silencing the federal
scientists gathering evidence about it.
So have we decided – without any official admitting it – that we’re
not going to do anything and just hope that it won’t get really bad?
The fossil fuel corporations make billions digging out tar sands,
coal, natural gas and other causes of the problem, but no one dares
demand that they at least be forced to pay the bills generated by their
mad rush for profits. On the contrary, the Harper government continues
to provide over a billion dollars a year in subsidies, and eliminates
any environmental laws that might slow them down.
There’s a rumour out there that humans are the most intelligent species on the planet.
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