Sunday Dinner: Climate Change

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“To thrive in this new age of hyper-change and growing uncertainty,

it is now an imperative to learn a new competency —

how to accurately anticipate the future.”


Dan Burrus


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“Many call this process ‘the destruction of nature.’

But it’s not really destruction, it’s change.

Nature cannot be destroyed.”


Yuval Noah Harari


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“There are two primary choices in life:

to accept conditions as they exist,

or accept the responsibility for changing them.”


Denis Waitley


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“Nothing endures but change.”


Heraclitus Ephesus


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Woodland Gnome 2015


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Sea levels rise and fall along the Eastern coast of North America.  This has been going on for millions of years.  At one time, the sea lapped against the Blue Ridge Mountains, several hundred miles to our west.  Most of Virginia was underwater.  We know this from the fossil record. 

Archaeologists are finding the remains of great cities, now under water, off the coasts of Africa, India, and Southern Europe.  We know the topography of our planet changes continually. 

There is no longer any question that our climate and our landscape are changing.  I believe the important question is, “Why now?”  and “What, if anything, can we do?”


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Storms over the last two weeks are chewing up our sandy coastline.  Beaches and riverbanks continue eroding.  Flooding is widespread, and not just along the seacoast.  Heavy rain has brought flooding well inland from the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains all the way back towards the coasts from New England to the Gulf of Mexico. 

But this is insignificant compared to the effects of  Hurricane Joaquin’s winds on the islands it has attacked.   Millions of lives have been effected by severe weather this year across our planet. 

I believe there are many causes for our warming climate and increasingly severe storms.  Some may be caused by human activity.  Other causes are part of the natural rhythms of our planet.  Activity at the planet’s core controls vulcanism,  and the heat and gasses pouring into our oceans from underwater volcanoes. 

The amount of radiation from space, which makes it through to our atmosphere, has a tremendous impact on our climate and quality of life.  A weakening magnetosphere allows more of this Solar and cosmic radiation to reach our planet.  This is one of many complex factors which affects our climate and our weather patterns.

No one of us can control any of what is happening with climate change.  But we each must adapt. 

And we can do our own little part to bring our planet back into balance by the way we live our lives.  Every tree we nurture captures and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere.  Every garden we plant helps control erosion and contributes to the health of our ecosystem. 

Our choices of where to live and how much energy to consume play their part in this complex equation.


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And each of us has a political voice we can raise with our government representatives, demanding that they not only acknowledge this accelerated climate change on our planet, but that they take actions, based on our best research, to mitigate the effects. Our voices may be even more effective when lobbying corporations to make changes in how they manage our Earth’s resources.

I believe we are in uncharted territory now.  I don’t know if there is any precedent or model to help us understand the totality of the changes occurring now in our planet’s ecosystem.  But we can not ignore the issue and expect it to work itself out. 

I believe we are all getting a taste of what that looks like…


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5 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Climate Change

  1. Oh, I do so hope that Harari is correct in observing that “nature cannot be destroyed”.

    • I suppose it depends on how elemental a level one is willing to accept. I think of the Sahara, which was once a tropical paradise. How many areas of our planet once were lush, but after centuries of habitation have become barren? I know life is about morphing from one form to another, but I so love the lushness and vibrancy of organic growth! ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. It is pretty amazing the extreme weather that is happening all over the planet. Natural disasters have always occurred, but it seems that they are becoming stronger and more frequent. How will we adapt is the important question.
    Hope you’re doing okay down there. 🙂

    • A weird weekend, Eliza. I cancelled my travel plans, and we have done some exploring around here. Some trees and limbs down in the area. No problems directly for us. It has been a very windy day here, and rain off and on all day. We’re OK. I’ve baked bread and made pickles as we’ve watched the news. Strange to see the areas we know so well completely under several feet of water (to our southeast.) I hope you guys are OK, too. ❤

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