Today I'd like to talk about climate change. Yes, I know it's not a popular subject, and one that many people don't believe in. But if you don't believe it, go outside and sit in the heat for a while. And here's a fact to ponder, from an article in Grist by Bill McKibben:
"According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months, and the warmest April, May, and June on record."
We've gone past the time when we can ignore this problem; it's not going away unless we act fast, and act now. What are you going to do about it?
What it boils down to is this....there's too much carbon in the air, and it's caused by burning fossil fuels. You know, like all that oil BP is allowing to pollute the Gulf. Like all that oil that goes into making gasoline for our cars that we drive too much. Like all that oil that goes for making plastics, and garden fertilizers, and new cars, and toys for children (gasp!). Oil touches every aspect of our lives.
According to the article, fossil fuel is wrecking the one earth we've got. And we're wrecking the earth because of our use of fossil fuels...seriously wrecking the earth.
What can you, as a gardener, do about it? Here's several easy things...Don't drive so much this week. Don't buy chemicals for your garden packaged in plastic bottles. Start a compost pile instead.
We can reverse this warming trend, if everybody pitches in together. You don't have to be a rocket scientist, or climate change expert. Really. We CAN do this.
Happy trails from Texas where it IS hotter than hell,