December 18, 2016

BW photograph of an autumn leaf partially encased in ice crystals.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

These past few days have provided a microcosm of climate change.  On Thursday and Friday of last week the temperatures did not get out of the teens and a stiff wind blew.

BW photograph of a snow mound in a parking lot with bare trees in the background.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Friday night into Saturday, we had snow and ice.

Today, it is 58 degrees with rain.  The temperature is to steadily fall back into the 20s tonight.

It is true that “weather” is local and does tend to change from day-to-day, which this pattern clearly demonstrates.  “Climate change” is global and more enduring.  The reason this post is entitled “Microcosm” is that these last few days have provided an intimate look (and feel) as to what can be expected as the planet continues to experience a fever: some areas will be colder with more precipitation while others will be warmer with less precipitation.  Those combinations can, of course, change as well.

The issue of climate change continues to be a primary focus of these posts as it is quite simply if not the dominant issue, certainly one of the dominant issues facing humanity.  Given the breadth and depth of conflict around the world, it is important to recognize that as drought, fire, and flooding increase, the struggle for basic resources will also intensify.

Dr. William Ury’s fundamental point is quite profound:  we are the intervention.

Take care.