We had a mild winter. Not a lot of snow either.
In some places there is too much rain. It hasn’t rained here in three weeks*. Even when it did, it was negligible. We just had two weeks of over +30C (~+90F) degree heat. Heat records seem to get broken every few days. I’m not going to talk about all the permafrost melting in the Arctic, although I guess I just did.
There is smoke in the air from the forest fires; the experts said the season started a month early.
What part can I play, I ask myself.
I don’t drive very often. I prefer to bike when it is practical to do so. I recycle and reuse as much as possible, and I only buy what I really need, and only after my fixes become unfixable. The dishwasher in my apartment is brand new—I haven’t used it once. Even during the heat, the air conditioner is used sparingly.
I’ll buy an electric vehicle when it is time to do so. With fuel prices not looking like they are going to go down anymore, and having to limit emissions, it just makes sense.
Sometimes it is easier not to think about it, but that’s not the answer.
* At the time of posting, thunderstorms are rolling through. We need the rain, but could do without the lightning. I’m sure there will be a few more forest fires after this.
Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.