Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ready for some Global Warming

I was up at 6:00. It was still dark outside. Took my shower, made the coffee, ironed my shirt. Stepped outside to grab a couple logs for the wood stove, just to warm up the house for my honey.

"What's that stuff on the firewood," I asked myself. Looked closer. Snow. Looked up. Snow falling. Big, thick, heavy flakes, falling from the dark sky. Looked across the yard. Already 1/2 inch and collecting. What?

Woke up Olivia, had some breakfast. Now the sun is rising and the sky is growing lighter. I can see across the bay into the far trees. Snow is falling hard.

Phone call to the worship leader, to see if he can make it in. I drive Olivia and myself up to the church in the Jeep. We wait around, and wait around, and the phone starts to ring with people saying they can't make it in.

Eventually, we have a good inch+, the trees are coated in white, the parking lot is deep in slush, and about 1/2 our normal attendance has shown up.

By the time our worship celebration is over, the snow has turned to rain. Heavy, thick, pouring rain. And the wind is blowing. Everybody heads home to hunker down for the afternoon. We remain at the church with another couple, cleaning and closing things up. Then the lights go out.

Lock the doors, head down the hill to our house. The power is out there, as well. So it's off to town to get lunch and some coffee, plus some wifi so I can watch the afternoon shuttle launch.

I hear the power is back on, so we'll be heading home soon. But. . .snow, wind, rain, power outages. Aren't those a couple of the scrolls the unrolled in Revelation? I think the end of the world is upon us.


Bhuvan Chand said...

Combating climate change may not be a question of who will carry the burden but could instead be a rush for the benefits, according to new economic modeling presented at “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions” hosted by the University of Copenhagen.

Contrary to current cost models for lowering greenhouse gases emissions and fighting climate change, a group of researchers from the University of Cambridge conclude that even very stringent reductions of can create a macroeconomic benefit, if governments go about it the right way.

“Where many current calculations get it wrong is in the assumption that more stringent measures will necessarily raise the overall cost, especially when there is substantial unemployment and underuse of capacity as there is today”, explains Terry Barker, Director of Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Congress.

Anonymous said...

We've got to be united to save earth! Earth Hour is practiced at large scale in all developed and developing countries but there has been more publicity and awareness this year, as well as participation from large corporations like which is a good sign - that there is still hope and that people still care!

Let's all do this, no matter where you are! Saturday, 28 March 2009. Lights off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm!