What do we learn from history? Often I think we learn very little.
What will our children say when they look back at the history of our generation? My last post on climate change generated a number of comments on climate change – and it got me wondering, will our children ask why we did not do more? Here in Ireland, as in many countries throughout the world, young people, following the example set by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, have been going out on strike and having marches demanding government action on climate change. I was stuck by some of the words on their placards;
“I am sure the dinosaurs thought they had time too.”
“If you don’t act like adults, we will.”
“To do good, you actually have to do something!”
I think the young people are right. What ever happens it is going to affect them more than us. Even if the scientist have got it all wrong (which personally I don’t think they have), any changes we make now to improve the current state of the world can only be positive. Here are just a couple of examples:
- Using less energy helps us save money
- More renewable energy helps reduce pollution
- Walking and cycling reduces traffic jams and improves air quality
- Eating more locally grown food is good for our local economy
- Eating more vegetables is good for our health
What have we got to loose?
I would recommend Greta Thunberg’s TED talk for anyone who is interested.
In the past few years our own neighbourhood has experienced floods due to rivers busting their banks;
We’ve had snow in March;
And exceptionally mild winter’s leading to early springs.
You may say all these things are just vagaries of our Irish weather, but there is no doubt that these extremes in weather events are becoming more common. For now though we are still blessed with a beautiful green landscape that Ireland is famed for. But how will species and landscapes cope if we find ourselves experiencing even more of these strange climatic events.
Post inspired by Lens artist photo challenge #36 – Around the neighbourhood
The Burren is a well known area in County Clare in the West of Ireland famed for it’s limestone pavement / karst landscape. Less well know is this area on the Mayo / Galway border known by the locals as the little Burren, and officially as the Gortnandarragh Limestone Pavement Spacial Area of Conservation. Here limestone pavement occurs close to the surface with little or minimal soil cover. The limestone wears away through natural processes of being weathered and dissolved by rainwater. Little holes and cracks form and in these plants grow – often unusual ones. Nature’s architecture at it’s best.
It is unnaturally warm. Some parts of Ireland it was 17 degrees Celsius today, here in the west only 15, a temperature we would be happy with in May.
The mild weather has brought out the bumblebees. Queen bumblebees hibernate over the winter. In usual years we would see the first queens emerge in mid-March.
The first bees were spotted by my children on Sunday, and over the last couple of days we have seen some more. This was the first one I managed to get close up to photograph.
The spring flowering heather is a new addition to the garden planted to provide early food for the queens. They need both nectar and pollen after there long winter sleep. Heather, crocus , hellebore, dandelion and willow are all good early food sources.
With Climate Change resulting in much less predictable weather patterns, bumblebees are vulnerable. If the weather turns cold again the queens can only survive a couple of days without food.
From early childhood I have felt a connection with Nature. I am in my comfort zone when I am surrounded by Nature’s amazing greenery…..
Or the blue / greens of the ocean.
In my garden, I get a deep sense of pride and joy when the things I grow can, in turn, provide food for our beautiful bumblebees (and hoverflies)…
.. Or butterflies.
And when our unique Irish hares visit, it is an extra special day.
My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature. Claude Monet
Inspired by this week’s Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Nature
Landscapes here in the west of Ireland can be dominated by grey, particularly in the winter months.
But the clouds can break to reveal those extra browns and greens.
And if you are lucky the sun will break through, and the clouds will play shadows with the ground.
And if you are near water you will get those amazing cloud reflections, as lake water doubles up as sky.