Then I looked across at the gorgeous view of the ocean. A little tugboat was pulling a gigantic log boom to some unknown destination. In a way it was a ridiculous sight, this David and Goliath scene. But it suddenly struck me that the small boat was absolutely certain of getting to where it was supposed to go. Even if a huge storm suddenly erupted that tug captain would find ways to ensure his boat would adapt and do whatever needed to be done so he could carry out his responsibilities.
Most people in the world are now beginning to see that climate change is here. In some regions, like the Arctic and Antarctic it’s very marked, as you see glaciers and icebergs melting. Sea levels are rising. Globally, heat wave temperatures are higher and last longer. There are so many events connected to climate change that it's not possible to include even a small number of them in this article. Note to self: I'd better think seriously about an Alaska cruise before the ice has all gone...
In my area we’ve smashed all time records for rainfall. Trouble is, our mountain snowpack, which is relied on in the Pacific Northwest for water later on in the year, is melting much sooner than it used to. This, combined with the heavy rainfall causes early flooding in some areas. Landslides are frequent, and devastating. Elsewhere, in Columbia today, another mudslide has swept people away as they slept.
All these thoughts went through my mind this morning, as I looked at the valiant little
tugboat, making the best of a tricky business with those huge logs. And I made a promise to myself that no matter what, I would try to adapt to this apparent new reality in life. I wouldn't just mentally rage at the weeds that are thriving in places where my veggies are supposed to be. Instead, I'd systematically pull them out, so the ground would be ready later for the plants I want. I'd try to ignore thoughts that the growing year is galloping by, and my whole planting routine has been disrupted.
I know...these are small, even petty things in the massive changes we face as a global community. But I can only deal with my tiny share of it.
How will you adapt?