President Obama, venturing outside during last night’s storm, called the weather “less than ideal” for trick-or-treating.
What an understatetment.
Here’s what it looks like at my house in western Massachusetts this morning:
All those trees in the background are tall maples, bent over with the weight of snow on their leaves. So far no big limbs have snapped, but that could change any moment, and many of them are hanging over an outbuilding and my car….
So the question we should all be asking this morning is whether this freak October snowstorm is just an aberration, or if it’s part of a developing and accelerating pattern of climate change.
Yes, there have been October snowstorms before. But has there been a three-month period before with record high temperatures (August), record rainfall (September), a hurricane hit to the entire East Coast (Irene) AND a record-breaking snowstorm?
Not being a meterologist, I can’t answer this question, but I’d sure like to know.
One thing I do know is that if we don’t start reducing carbon emissions, weather events like this are going to become more frequent and more severe. This is not “Day After Tomorrow” hysteria, this is scientific truth.
So again, the question becomes, what can we DO?
Well, next weekend in Washington DC there will be an action at the White House; the plan is to assemble enough people to make a linked-arms ring around the White House, in the hopes of persuading President Obama to stand with the people on the anti-tar sands extraction, anti-Keystone pipeline issue, rather than with the energy corporations.
You can hear actor Mark Ruffalo explain it here:
My hope is that weather events like last night’s “freak” snowstorm will raise people’s awareness about the reality of climate change, and how it will affect all of us–our food supply, our physical security, our ability not just to carry on as usual, but to carry on at all.
All of us–the rich, the poor, the inbetween–the 100% of us, and not just in the US but in the world, are already feeling the effects of manmade climate change. We’ll be feeling it increase exponentially in the coming months and years.
So all of us need to step off the path of least resistance and start demanding government support for a huge Apollo Project-style transition to sustainable energy and a serious commitment to energy conservation.
If you can’t get to Washington DC next Sunday for the demonstration at the White House, you can be part of the virtual ring that will surround the people on the ground there, and build support wherever you are for the movement for responsible and caring stewardship of our Earth.
We cannot afford to ignore these issues any longer.