Freak weather events are becoming the norm. Last Thursday Turre and Mojacar were hammered by the tail end of a hurricane causing flooding and destruction. We woke to find 2/3’s of the 3 acre property we rent under water. Windows had blown in causing damage and loss and the pool had turned into a mud wrestling venue. The pump house was drained of 1.5m of water before a new pump could be fitted to start the clean-up operation.
Earlier this year the media showed storms and flooding cancelling out the British summer, hurricanes are now battering the Caribbean and US, The storms get stronger and more frequent affecting Europe as this is where the hurricanes come to fight their last as Michael Fish knows only too well. In the east typhoons wreak havoc in Taiwan and China.
Last week Spain announced that summer night time temperatures were the highest since records began. Last winter was the driest ever winter in Spain with rainfall 90% lower, two winters previously Spain had the wettest in 50 years. The unusual is fast becoming usual.
The American Meteorological Society previously denied Global Warming yet last week whilst Republicans were laughing at the subject at their annual conference the Society released a report saying that that Global Warming is happening and is man-made. The maths is easy as 10 of the warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. Also global sea levels have risen 7 inches in the last 100 years.
In the Arctic summer pack ice is at its lowest since records began, 40% less sea is covered each summer than just 30 years ago; a dangerous circle as snow and ice have an ‘albedo’ effect reflecting sunlight back into space. Now sea water absorbs heat so melting more ice. Factory emissions are blown over the Arctic releasing tiny specs of black soot, these stick in the snow and absorb heat so melting the ice faster.
Governments across the world meet at fancy conferences in glamorous destinations such as Kyoto, Rio de Janeiro and Copenhagen achieving little or nothing whilst Joe and Joanne Public suffer flooding, droughts and severe weather events. Global Warming affects us all now and it will get worse and we must all do our bit to reduce, re-use and recycle. We can’t wait to be told what to do – we can change our own lifestyles as these different living and spending habits make businesses adapt to try and supply the products we are choosing.
Buying bio diesel for instance is not only better for the environment but cheaper too. Buying a bag for life at the supermarket and using it regularly will saves lots of plastic. At the market we can weigh our fruit and vegetables and put it in one bag rather than many. Buying organic lessens the need for artificial fertilizers and pesticides.
Shops love to offer a plastic bag for the smallest item – just say no! Buying local saves food miles, growing food even better, using the town spring/fuente for drinking water saves resources too. Whilst waiting in the car to collect someone turn the engine off. Open the car window instead of using the air con. Sort out domestic refuse and recycle it.
In the developed world; waste and apathy are common and yet our common sense, ingenuity and a love for our fellow inhabitants can help save this world for future generations!