63 years of global climate change

I saw this video here.  It’s frightening.  It’s temperatures from over 1,000 meteorological stations around the world over the past 63 years.  Blue is cooler, yellow/orange is warmer.

63 years is less than my father’s lifetime. That is how much things have changed since he was a boy.

The other evening at dinner, we were speaking with a friend who emigrated here in her teens.  She was surprised to hear that this bitterly cold weather used to be a regular occurrence during winter.

I recall being in elementary school and attending a winter fest on a local lake.  People drove their cars, trucks, and snowmobiles out onto the ice.  There was ice fishing and bonfires.  The ice was so thick driving truck on it was perfectly safe.  It’s been decades since such an event was held.  Local bodies of water barely freeze well enough for kids to ice skate, never mind snowmobile.  We never see kids ice skating on lakes and ponds any more.  Towns have built little rinks for skating, and even those don’t readily freeze.

These are changes I can remember.  Differences I can see.  It scares me.  It’s why Mac and I purchased a smaller, more fuel efficient car over a big SUV.  It’s why I commute in a small car (and why I feel guilty I don’t car pool more often even if it’s not convenient).  It’s why I recycle.  It’s why I oppose the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion.  It’s why I oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.  It’s why I’m OK paying more for clean energy.  It’s why I worry for my kids.  It’s why I worry for all of us.

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