A good friend sent me a link recently of a podcast. I really liked the message he was trying to get across. It inspired me to make my own post here and provide a few links. I also wanted to give him credit for standing up.
I have blogged about this before, but it bears repeating. Small farms are systematically being eliminated. Pollution is under protection of the law. Health is expected to come from a pill, a 30 minute video, or regular trips to the gym or favored track.
Recently there has been a cold snap of sorts here. Highs in the 80s and 90s and lows in the 50s and 60s. I say a cold snap, even though this is normal temps if you ask the older folks who have lived here all their life. It’s a cold snap because it is the hottest month of the year, and has been in the triple digits most of the last two months.
A hot year is a known event. But a hot year isn’t supposed to come frequently, otherwise it would be known as a normal year.
Consider how your skin feels when you get out of a chlorinated pool. Do you notice how dry it feels? If not, have you ever swam in a natural stream, lake, or river? The feeling is entirely different. Chlorine in water dries us out. Now consider all the chlorine pumped into water, and that water put into the ground.
Do you have a small garden that you water frequently? Watch closely the plants. Watch how they grow when you water them with chlorinated water, and then watch them after a rain. You should see a drastic difference. The plants will react to that fresh clean water. If your area is like this one and the temperature fluctuates. Watch the plants when the temps are around 100 and when there is a 5 degree difference. That 5 degrees can be the difference between slow death and producing food. Actually 95 our plants produced, 100 they went static, 105 they dried out no matter how much we watered them. Seeds wouldn’t sprout at 100 but are going crazy in this “cold snap”.
Consider this. As rain falls, each drop in a natural environment will hit soil, unless it hits bare rock of course. But let’s consider where a city is built, and follow the track of just the rain fall.
Each drop that would have hit dirt, and soaked into the ground, been filtered through the various layers, gathered in the cracks of rocks, and found its way into an underground stream, lake, or aquifer, now hits concrete or blacktop. All those rain drops are now being shifted to somewhere else. Might just be to the side of a road, but if it is the case as it is here, it’s being funneled through storm drains to a lake. Not all the water it shifted to the lake, but a huge portion of it is. Then when it isn’t extremely dry, the dam is opened and the water is diverted yet again.
Now some of this water will make it to the river the dam empties out to in a natural environment. But not anywhere near the same amount. That shifting of water greatly increases the erosion force of that river. It continually churns a lake that would only turn over every so often. It greatly reduces the natural seepage into aquifers, huge sections of soil, and other rivers are left greatly reduced of their water flow. Which in turn also changes the environment down river.
Then consider how rain works. Water has to evaporate from the ground, trees, water source, to build into clouds, to carry rain to another location. All this distribution of water, increased water flow away from a location that should be holding onto that water. What does it do to change the rainfall?
How does California covering the land with cities change the rain fall in Colorado where there were so many wild fires?
Middle aged and Elderly people that have lived here most or all of their lives can tell you about snow fall here. How it used to snow in inches and feet, every year. How it would pile up to the point where a child could make tunnels in it.
Now if it snows at all in the winter, a large snow fall is around 6 inches here. Seeing these things, we do not need bar graphs, complex climate predicting software programs, thousand or millions of instruments strewn all over this country and others. We just need to talk to the Elders, and our parents. Talk to people that have made a lifelong home in a place. It won’t be hard to see climate change doing that.
These things are one of many things that are leading people to stand up. It is never too late to fight for your environment.
I recently discovered this magazine, but will be reading it thoroughly now.
Some things they link to in that story.
It’s never too late to stand up, and you are not alone.
- Climate change spawns salmon dilemma for San Joaquin River (fresnobee.com)
- Extreme Drought and its Challenges to the US’s Clean Water Supply (ecology.com)