Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why is the rain not falling and it is so warm?

Like waves wash over rocks, so did stories about climate change wash over my ears. I was alert but not too alarmed. We will fix it in the fullness of time. That is until we were at the beautiful Lake Louise in Canada.

https://highriser.blogspot.com/2015/07/day-7-canada-2706-to-banff.html

At the Fairmont Hotel where we stayed were some old photos, showing Victoria Glacier in the 1920s. Victoria Glacier feeds into Lake Louise. I was shocked by the comparison between how far the glacier stretched down to the lake in the 1920s compared to the 2014 photos.

We have had days of city and inner suburb disruption because of the Extinction Rebellion. The disruptions aren't too serious and don't last too long, but have received a lot of publicity. I would therefore say they are effective.

But how much better to get your point across with humour, as we came across at the Arts Centre.


The conversation between the dining coal barons was as you would imagine. "Don't worry about that uneducated rabble up the back. They have no idea about how economies work". It was all about profit as they handed the mesmeric piece of coal back and forth between their hands. It was very funny. We lunched and returned to the nearby tram stop and they were gone. There is a limit to standing in cold water.

I came across this photo on the internet. A woman being manhandled  by gendarmes in Paris as she protested against the Vietnam War in the 1970s was once again manhandled by gendarmes decades later as she protested against climate change as part of the Extinction Rebellion. Sitting on your arse at a computer and signing Change.org petitions won't change the world but it may help.


While the real polluters now may be third world countries, we in the West need to take a lead. Per head of population we in Western countries are the worst polluters on our planet. Individuals can't do a lot. It has to come from our governments and it is now up to them. Our Federal Government has no obvious plans to reduce our emissions or help other countries. It has no passion for the environment at all. It is appalling and only concerned with economic growth, via a high migration level.

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  1. 'It is appalling and only concerned with economic growth, via a high migration level '(from carefully selected countries).
    And sadly our coal exports make us complicit in the polluting by third world countries.

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    1. EC, from carefully selected countries is a salient point. Factory fodder is the old term. It can now encompass any industry that wants cheap labour to prop up our unsustainable lifestyles.

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  2. Sometimes I feel there is nothing I can do. But even talking with neighbors about climate change or with someone in a dentist waiting room is helpful. We tend to do nothing until it hits our well being - pocketbook.
    I am trying not to use the excuse that ... I have 2 kids with no possibility of grandkids and it is very very very certain that I won't be around in 10 years. The Eat, Drink and Be Merry attitude.
    But yes, I have noticed the lack of rain so must rethink this!

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    1. No Thoughts, yes talking is good. But at times some are so aggressively against action for our environment, it is pointless. Intriguing remark that you won't have grandchildren, along with your estimation of your lifespan. Eat, drink and be merry can at times live to quite reasonable ages.

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  3. People speak of global warming, and I see it in other areas of the world. For me the shift in the atmospheric conditions has meant an almost ice age return. We have more below zero days and twice as much snow.
    I explain to people that it's all wrong and that we need to do more to live cleaner (earth) lives.
    For now, I am getting ready for another cold, snowy winter. Ugh!

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    1. Maribeth, that is really interesting. Scientists say that the climate will change in all directions. Can you take lake freeze photos this winter, and then the thaw?

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    2. I will. Our lakes freeze up to 2+ feet thick with ice. Ice Fishing is a competitive sport. The thaw in the spring is fascinating to watch.

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  4. We have a week of disruption going here in Adelaide, a different road each day, but after commuters have made it to work, so that's not too bad. Yesterday they were in Rundle Mall lying all over pretending to be extinct. I don't know how effective it all is, but at least they're trying to raise awareness. I did my own share of planet damage by using the clothes dryer too often during the winter and warming up the bedroom with a heater. I'll try to do better next winter.
    I've seen online pictures of a glacier somewhere that has shrunk by a huge amount, I don't remember the percentage, but it looks more like an ice floe than a glacier now.

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    1. River, raising awareness is their point, and to pressure politicians. It shouldn't be about you drying your clothes or staying warm. SA is doing so well in the power stakes, even if you power is too expensive.

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  5. Lake Lousie and baniff isn't all that far from me. Been there twice. Anyhow I am about 30 miles to British Colombia boarder.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, that is so close, but I don't think it is worth your while to go to BC to buy anything cheap. I was up at 5am to see the sun rise and Lake Louise turn pink. It barely happened.

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  6. Extinction Rebellion are doing a fantastic job all around Australia (and elsewhere), absolutely. And yes humour often trumps horror when it comes to seeing what will happen to this country if climate change isn't controlled. Look at the vicious attacks on the young and very serious Greta Thunberg.

    I separate our rubbish, never take single-use plastic bags from the supermarket, have sun panels of the roof and ration showers to 3 minutes each. But I still can't find a substitute for Gladwrap.

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    1. Hels, I think those in the moat made their point succinctly and with humour. Plastic containers for food storage may not be a good alternative to Gladwrap but that is what we mostly do.

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  7. I don't agree with you. Governments will sign bills to say that pollution must end, but it is up to companies and individuals to do the actual clean-up. It's a pity one can't say the same about the XR protestors.

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    1. Cro, governments set the rules and and regulations. That is where they need to act, along with we individuals. As EC said, we are exporting coal to third world countries for profit to burn to make products to sell back to us. It is all so wrong.

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  8. Don't get me started the people around me are so lazy they drive their cars to the shops just ten minutes walk away, air conditioning goes all day and never a window opened, we don't dry clothes on the clothes line all done with driers make changers at home and you can change the world.
    enough said.
    Merle.............

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    1. All true Merle. Many of us try hard.

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  9. I figure human species will doom themselves. I figure we won't change our ways in time. I like the last supper in the fountain. Probably caught eyes. But the industries that pollute the most and the practices won't stop until made to stop or when life ceases for humans. Meat industry, airline industries I consider the worst contributors to climate issues.

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    1. Strayer, I always believe that humans are good at acting after something has happened, and so with the environment. However, many of the poorest people in the world will suffer badly.

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  10. Everlasting growth on a finite planet, what's wrong with that picture?

    We are completely effed.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, you don't believe in the sustainability of a Ponzi Scheme?

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  11. I agree Andrew and if they don't pull their finger out they won't get back in next election, perhaps they should start thinking about that!

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    1. Grace, I don't have faith that people will vote the right way, for all our futures, but only their short term hip pocket.

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