May. 28th, 2007 06:20 am
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I've slept really well. I went to bed early. Yay.

I'm now sitting in the study, naked. A few minutes ago I opened the back door to check on OutsideCat. It's slightly chilly but not uncomfortably so. The Bureau is predicting 'a shower or two' and 19.

It's May.

I should be bitching about the cold. In fact, even though I'm awake I should be in bed huddled up against 10B, with the cat on top of us both, because it's so fucking cold.

It's eerie having heat and warmth with the miniscule amounts of sunlight we're getting. And it's that golden winter sunlight that I simply don't associate with heat.

The long range forecasts are not bleak, but they've not been bleak for a while now and the weather's still fucked. It seems people are hoping for a La Nina to bring above-average rain, but given we were already in drought and on water restrictions when last year's El Nino popped up (ie - we were already in a drought when the harbinger of drought came along), I'm not sure it's going to make a whole lot of difference. We'll need a few years of La Ninas. Not bloody likely.

I've had volunteer tomatoes sprouting. And sweet corn. But then stuff just dies because there's no water.

I wonder if the main focus of our lives will end up being not all our little hopes and activities and aspirations, but how to survive in the face of the biggest disaster in human history.

I used to think if this happened it would be because of war. Hmmm. Always claimed to have been environmentally aware and all that, but didn't quite see it catching up this fast or right now.

Am even more flabbergasted at people doing the whole 'we can't adopt green strategies because they're bad for the economy' line. Have they looked outside lately? bugger all water = bugger all economy.

Actually no, scrub that. bugger all water = a very good economy if you happen to control what water there is.

Cynical, moi?

Date: 2007-05-27 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've known for years... Pretty much all my life, really, as I grew up around an agricultural college that was obsessed with trying to slow down the "desertification" of the area. But I just can't wrap my mind around the scope of it, no matter how hard I try. That's part of why I pay so much attention to Australia. Y'all are on the cutting edge of doominess.

Date: 2007-05-28 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Partly it's just reality: when loved ones die, no matter how prepared you thought you were, it's still fucking bizarre and horrible and hard to grasp.

Also, I think it's the scope thing: it's when you see plants indigenous to your area curling up their toes. To some extent I've often been able to put off the anxiety by assuming that "it's okay, it's just that we're still being silly and sticking to our European ideas about landscape and once we stop doing that we'll be fine". Also, in the past I always assumed that my fondness for plants could prove useful in difficult times, but the difficult times we're facing are quite specifically about the growing of food.

I first heard the term "greenhouse effect" in 1979, when a new power station was opened near where we lived. I was asking a family friend (a science teacher, as it happens) where the smog went, she said it went off into the atmosphere. I then just followed that line of thinking quite logically - how many people in the world, how much atmosphere...etc. etc. and then she explained further. Then there was high school and learning about the spreading of the Sahara, Club Of Rome in year 11 economics. We really shouldn't be surprised and we really shouldn't be unprepared.

But somehow, I still thought it would be civil chaos before this therefore in some ways it would be possible to cut oneself off and live on artichokes. Or maybe total nuclear annihilation, which is still a possibility but for which you can't prepare. Or simply further down the track.

Y'all are on the cutting edge of doominess.

I wish you hadn't said that.


you might be interested in this guy: Max Wisson. Water windmills. They've got a transcript link further down the page.

Date: 2007-05-29 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting stuff. And thanks for pointing out the transcript link. I can watch video on here, but it requires a bit of shuffling to do so, and I'm not fond of video to begin with in most cases. Lots of good ideas floating around these days... Even if the percentage that make it to market is quite small, perhaps it will help. Unfortunately, I think a lot of these ideas are based on very shaky assumptions. They work, but maybe the circumstance they work and the circumstance they're for don't entirely match up. For instance that windmill is really cute and looks very effective. I bet it would work great in, say, England. I'm not so sure it would work well in a place that can hit single-digit humidity unless that area had sea fog in the mornings as well.

Date: 2007-05-28 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My mother argues strongly that climate change is a non-issue. She cites the fact that the climate changes on it's own, so that it is changing again is no big deal, not necessarily anthropogenic in origin and even if it is, it may be a good thing. She makes my head hurt. The worst of it is that she is a farmer, so at the very bleeding edge when it comes to experiencing the impact of climate change.

I used to keep a veggie garden. No more. Perhaps I should, if even on a tiny scale, so that my girls will have some memory of growing things to carry with them into a future where water is scarce and food is Soylent.

Date: 2007-05-28 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, she makes my head hurt too. Ouch.

Sure, it's true the climate changes on it's own and maybe it's not from greenhouse gasses, or any other human source but...

it still means massive changes in who lives where and who has what access to what resources and what resources exist in the first place...!

It has occurred to me that simply putting out seed and recording what sprouts when and what survives might be the way to go. Working out what the new patterns are (if there are any, I guess) and how to work with them.

Date: 2007-05-28 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I believe that the climate change is anthropogenic in origin to the extent that it is catastrophic. That is to say that naturally occurring climate change is slow (excluding meteorite strikes, massive volcanic eruptions etc). Slow change permits species to evolve and plant and animal populations to migrate with the climate niches they occupy. The change in climate we are experiencing is far too rapid for that, and this illustrates to my mind that it ain't just the climate spontaneously doing it's thing. I can't explain that to my mother, though. She gets really nasty if I even try, which would not matter to me nearly as much if it were not of the fact that the twaddle she espouses is twaddle she is fed by our political leaders, ffs. I have a dire and desolate feeling that a climate change conversation with John Howard or George W. Bush would be eerily familiar to me.

I believe that there is hope, but it lies with individuals rather than with massive administrations controlling the resources. Our civilisation has been built around the availability of oil, electricity and water piped to our homes and workplaces. We're conditioned to suck from the great communal tit. The reserves are drying up, however, and the response from the administration is to seek to replace the old sources with new ones. To keep us plugged in and dependent. The mind set and the infrastructure are in place, it's natural that we look to keep on as we have done. Looking around, I hear Dr Phil saying "So how's that workin' for ya?"

Change is required. Change will hurt. Politicians will not bite that bullet. It would not be conducive to gaining or retaining office.

Humanity will get the slap in the head we need to jolt us into changing, the question is whether we will heed the first, second or third blow? Will it be too late? Is it already too late?


Now I want icecream.


Date: 2007-05-28 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I too am finding the tepid weather increasingly creepy. In general terms, I'm in favour of warm weather, but by May I'm *expecting* to feel cold. I have coats and jumpers and winter doonas sitting in the wardrobe in readiness, and I've barely touched them. First May I can remember that's been this warm, and I'm starting to rack up quite a lot of Mays by now.

Date: 2007-05-28 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jared Diamond, in Collapse, suggested that Australia can support perhaps half of the people who live there now. A nice drought would move those numbers, I'm guessing.

However, as the Antarctic ice shelfs are also breaking up and drifing off, you guys could tow them over and drink them?

In any case, we need to hear more about this "naked" idea.

Date: 2007-06-03 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In any case, we need to hear more about this "naked" idea.

Funny, that's not what the neighbours say.

*boom tish!*


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