Sitting here, gazing out through the window with the door wide open, it’s difficult to believe summer is at an end. It is though and that’s a fact. The sun is shining brightly and even if it is a little windy, it’s certainly not cold. Yesterday was a different matter altogether. Yesterday was cold, wet and incredibly windy. I battled my way to work with an umbrella that jolted from left to right, almost as if it would carry me up into the rainy skies at any moment.
It rained pretty much all day. Then during the late afternoon, it suddenly stopped. The sun came out and as if by God’s glorious hand, the clouds were wiped away.
Wet and windy is synonymous with northern Europe during fall. It’s as inevitable as ice and snow during the winter months, showers in the spring and sunshine during the summer. Or is it?
Things are changing, the world is changing, the weather patterns are changing, everything is changing…
I moved to Sweden from England in November of 1989. It was bitter cold that year. It was fifty-eight degrees when I left England and minus eight when I arrived in Sweden. The earth was white and frozen, a perfect, winter wonderland. I have seen many Swedish winters since then, battled to and from work in blizzards, taken my son sledding, witnessed the beauty of a true winter. I wonder if I will be see thick beds of snow this winter.
Swedish winters, white with snow are becoming less frequent. Some winters have actually been completely snow-free. Instead, we have put up with torrential rain and buffeting, bitter cold winds that almost steal ones breathe away. And summers are becoming less and less summer-like.
I was in America this year and had a wonderful summer under a warming sun. Sweden on all accounts though had one of the worst summers ever. It rained almost every day and the temperatures were at all-time lows. I don’t know about you, but I find this to be pretty alarming.
It’s not just Sweden that is feeling the pinch of global-warming. This is something that is affecting or will affect us all. Greenhouse gases can stay in the atmosphere for an amount of years ranging from decades to hundreds and thousands of years. No matter what we do, global warming is going to have some effect on Earth.
As northern countries warm, disease carrying insects will migrate north, bringing plague and disease with them.
As the temperature of the oceans rise, so will the probability of more frequent and stronger hurricanes.
Although some areas of Earth will become wetter, other areas will suffer serious droughts and heat waves.
There are 5,773,000 cubic miles of water in ice caps, glaciers, and permanent snow. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, if all glaciers melted today the seas would rise about 230 feet.
Ice caps are white, and reflect sunlight, much of which is reflected back into space, further cooling Earth. If the ice caps melt, the only reflector is the ocean. Darker colors absorb sunlight, further warming the Earth.
As the planet continues to warm, dry areas of land that are already susceptible to wildfires are likely to be ravaged by even more frequent and destructive episodes.
With ocean temperature being a key factor for hurricane formation, the consequences of global warming will inevitably include the increased generation of storms and hurricanes with greater power and frequency.
It is possible that we could see increased friction between nations and ethnic groups as dwindling resources lead to migration and conflict. Countries and factions would seek to control precious, dwindling resources and provide safety and shelter for their own people.
The world’s oceans absorb roughly 30% of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide that seeps into the atmosphere, and so inevitably, as more fossil fuels are burned, ocean life will continue to suffer the negative consequences of global warming.
Okay, I think you get the picture.
What can be done about this though?
We all have a duty to prevent things becoming worse than they already are and trust me; they are pretty bad right now. The human being is without a doubt the most dangerous creature on this Planet. We are also the only ones who can do something about our dying planet. I refuse to believe we are doomed, that it is only a matter of time before we are no more. God didn’t put us here to meet such an end.
It is time for us now to start looking for solutions, recycling and using alternative fuels, begin adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things. It’s the only reasonable way to save our planet, before it is too late.