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not ready

this is a leap and it is not. it will effect the the garden and the flowers. the question is how much and how soon ? okay that was two questions. i watched the democratic debate tonight. all of the candidates acknowledged climate change to one degree or another. one candidate places it as his number one priority. one of the reasons is the year 2030 has been given as a tipping point. if the current trends do not change in global warming and the increase continues in green house gasses like carbon and methane, and fossil fuel use continues at the current rate 2030 could be a point of no recovery. that is a scientific prediction. some will say we cannot change the weather and there no way we could change something as big as the climate either. really ? we have already proven we can do amazing things. some good. some not so good. we have gone to the moon and back. we have also stopped as in dried up some rather big rivers. the colorado, the yellow river, the amu dayra and the syr darya have all been reduced in flow for human use so that their water does not reach the sea. the yellow river was once one of the most powerful rivers on the planet. there are portions of the atlantic and pacific oceans that are filling with plastic waste. the vast majority of glaciers are rapidly melting. the normal weather patterns are alternating between too dry and too wet. and it is effecting agriculture and drinking water. storms that are supposed to happen once every 100 and every 1000 years are occurring at much more frequent rates. fire storms in california, other western states, and australia are out of control. the artic and antartic ice caps are disappearing. greenland ice is melting too. and there are huge mysterious holes appearing in the earth in siberia. they have been attributed to melting methane previously trapped by permafrost. do we know enough about global warming and mankind’s role in it ? not nearly enough. i fear and hope that we are embarking on a crash course on it. given our current skills and our affection for the petrochemical economy i hope we have enough time. 2030 is way too close for us to start on getting our act together. given all the various ways climate change has effected us so far it makes me want to rename it to reflect the level of challenge we are experiencing. a level that may get more difficult before it gets better. i am beginning to think of it as climate revolution. and before we are done mother nature may relentlessly beat into us the result of our thoughtless meddling. and yes i still hold a flower of hope. if we survive it it will make us stronger. maybe even smarter too…