Looking Warmed

There is much to be said for having a suspicious nature. I am (despite being from Indiana where the population tends toward blindly following the loudest voice) skeptical about many things. I doubt the supposed fun in bungee jumping and sky diving. I am a tad suspicious when government makes sweeping declarations. I manifest some feelings of doubt when a statement is made without supporting documentation. I want to find the truth and not rely on someone else’s interpretation. Perhaps I have a nature that tends to consider most statements as dubious unless facts (from reputable sources) are available. Or it could be that I have spent the majority of my career on the cutting edge of biomedical research. Either way I like to have facts. Which leads me to the current state of affairs. Our planet is heating up. It has gotten so hot that the records have been smashed across the US and the world. There are places where it has always (since they started keeping records) been hot. But the records for hottest day are being broken regularly. Places where it hasn’t been considered hot are heating up. I liked to think that people are willing to admit when they are wrong, when evidence points out that their point of view was off the mark. Seems that once someone commits to a particular opinion they will not abandon it even when faced with facts that completely refute their stance. Therefore we have the ongoing beliefs that the moon landing was faked, that former President Obama was not a US citizen, that former President Trump was denied re-election due to widespread voter fraud, and that global warming is not happening. I could understand if the debate was ongoing on how to best address the issue but it isn’t. The politicos are arguing on whether or not global warming really is happening. We are in a dire situation people!!

When the polar vortex froze our hands
And in my chest an icy lump
The anti-global warming group were smug
Nestled in the pocket of Ex-Pres. Trump

In a heatwave fiery hot
Once rare but now every year
Ice water is the drink of choice
But its in short supply and dear

And as the temperature rises higher
People faint with parched throats cry
Watching the ice caps melt away
This is global warming you can’t deny

Posted just in case we have forgotten in the dumpster fire of 2020 and the Trumpian treason of 2021…

39 thoughts on “Looking Warmed

  1. I’m glad the new administration believes in science/evidence and is in a position to do something. It would have been ideal to get started four years ago (or 50 years ago, for that matter) on net zero energy, but here we are. What are we waiting for? Let’s get this environmental party started! 🙂

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  2. You know we hear you. Always the re-arranging of the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. And arguing about the arrangement. I’d be upset except it’s like that inside me own head, I notice. So, let me work on that, and anything else in my neighborhood that needs noticing/awareness. 💚

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  3. When you see the ice melting at the artic circle,
    When you see forests burning,
    the drought every spring ,
    le grapewine gowing in Britain,
    and soon in northern France
    What do you say ?
    Some are blind and repeat the opposite of what is sawn to follow their “thinking” master
    Love ❤
    Michel

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  4. From what I’ve read, I think we have a confluence of a natural warming cycle and human interference. I don’t believe we are going to turn around climate change but I do believe we can do better in shouldering our responsibility for caring for this planet. I also understand that my parents’ generation really could not have known the impact of petroleum products — plastics as well as oil — on the planet. All that means to me is that assigning blame is useless just as protecting industries that exacerbate the problem is immoral. “our” rep in the house right now is, I’m convinced without evidence, being paid by the petroleum industry.

    I’m sick of the maelstrom of opinion and politics. I’ve seen how absolutely irrelevant my existence is to the future of anything. Pretty much all we can do is “brighten the corner” where we live. Right now I don’t even want that job. I’m tired and I think a lot of us are.

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    1. We are exhausted by all the turmoil politically – both on the domestic and international stages. Still it is so very correct that it is a moral issue as much as anything else. I want to take the high road and as you say, “brighten the corner where I live”

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  5. We have lived in the best of times but I fear for future generations. I hate what mankind has done to the planet but feel like I’m carried along on the tide. I try to avoid wasteful consumerism but I feel like my feeble efforts are futile when I see neighbors’ wheelie bins overflowing with trash every week while my own bin contains one small bag. We are a heedless, profligate species. The Siberian tundra is thawing and on fire under 100 degree summer temperatures and it is hardly mentioned in the news. Heaven help us because we surely can’t help ourselves!

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    1. You are right that it must be a concerted effort to make a real difference. But I make an effort. This week we aren’t putting out the trash can as it has only one little bag. The recycling is likewise very sparse. I have been buying all my veggies and fruits as fresh without packaging (or minimal wraps). I feel better about it personally even if it doesn’t make a big difference. But it is a moral victory for me. I’m going to renounce plastic water bottles this year and switch to my reusable cups and bottles. Cross your fingers that I can hold to that decision…

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  6. I too am quite suspicious aboout issues/news being discussed, as it has all become political. Everything now has a touch of politics and we all know no matter how good the intentions maybe when politics become part of it, it becomes a total disaster. From where i am alone its already a chaos, and its not even because of pandemic or global warming, its about our awful political system.

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    1. We each do our little bit but it will take the nations in concert to force manufacturing to “clean up” their acts… Seems no one does anything unless forced. I’m tickled that you liked this poem!!

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  7. The first winter we were here was one of the snowiest they ever had. Two years later, it was even worse with the 3rd snowiest winter since they’ve been keeping records (in terms of total snow accumulation). The snowbanks along the side of the road reached the roof of my SUV. Since then, nothing nearly as bad. We’re talking two winters of very bad snow and then 13 years that don’t compare to them at all. It still gets cold, of course, and we get snow. There’s a difference if you observe over time.

    People are in denial.

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    1. Yes Patti, the weather is strange any more. The growing seasons are shifting and the plants haven’t figured it out yet. Its a big problem for all the fruit growers in the Midwest… I hope by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement things will finally get back on track!

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  8. Of course, the denial crowd is ecstatic about the latest cross-continent storm system,which has dumped snow from Big Bear, California, clear to the Canadian province of New Brunswick. There is an outside chance that there could be a mini-Ice Age in the offing, but my money is on a continued Ping Pong between extreme cold and extreme heat.

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    1. The weather is crazy. I think you are right – we will continue to get a seesawing of extremes. Hopefully the ice age will be slower in coming – unless we blow ourselves up with a flurry of atom bombs flying from country to country!

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    1. There is definitely climate change happening. The cause is probably more than just weather cycles but it isn’t all people either – but as stewards of God’s planet, we need to do better.

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