Tonight I asked Drew to tell me what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, so that I could plan my work outfit. He read me the forecast: 11 degrees C in the morning with rain, 20 in the afternoon and sunny, 15 at night. I said thanks and turned around, and then started to feel sad. Very sad. As big fat tears rolled down my cheeks I turned back to Drew and said "I'm sad for the planet! Isn't that weird?" and we both started to laugh, but I was still crying, because it really does make me feel so sad.
As I mentioned in my sock weather post, it's been warm here - unseasonably, freakishly warm, not for just a couple of days the way a "warm spell" would be, but for weeks, and for weeks to come if the forecast is correct. This is a trend, not a spell. It makes me so worried and distressed about what we've done to this planet's environment. We've destroyed it, and are destroying it, and I fear very much for the animals and complex ecosystems that are sitting in a delicate balance, while humans run roughshod over everything.
|Bert, Cedric, and Broo|
Next came Captain Planet, and the Planeteers. When someone was harming the environment somehow, the planeteers combined their elemental forces - earth, wind, water, fire, and heart (a new elemental force I guess) - to draw forth Captain Planet, who was blue and could fly, and used the power of nature to thwart the greedy bad guys' plans to destroy the environment.
|Captain Planet with the Planeteers|
|A collection of Suntots - as you can |
see they're not kids!
I've believed those things seriously for my entire life. I cannot, to this day, bear to put a recyclable object into a regular garbage bin. When I was in Scotland this was particularly hard for me, because they didn't have individual recycling at houses and apartments like they do here. Instead, there was one giant recycling bin per block, situated half-way down one of the streets. I would religiously collect my recyclables into bags and schlep them down the street each week. It was discouraging; not many people do things that take them out of their way. The lazy option is the most frequently chosen in general.
That's been a tough lesson to learn, and learn again, and learn again, and again and again, all through my adult life; people are fundamentally lazy and will resist things that seem like too much work. Governments especially operate this way. Oh, so it's kind of tough to drive the oil from Alberta's tar sands to the harbour in Vancouver? Let's build a huge pipe that travels straight through pristine old-growth forest and the last habitat of endangered Ghost Bears! Yes! It's SO MUCH EASIER FOR US. And don't worry about what just happened with the Deepwater Horizon. We would *never* let that happen in your beautiful, sacred, and delicate forest.
I'm upset about the weather, and about the fact that no Canadian government has done anything serious since 1985 to put the brakes on some of the most environmentally damaging and dangerous activities, which is so embarrassing This country lags behind on everything, from upholding environmental protections to restricting carbon emissions. It's disgusting. We're paying for it now, with our 20 degree days in March, and we're going to pay more for it as each year passes. It makes me so sad.