This week, I visited a client whose garden underwent an instant change over an afternoon, when two mature Sequoias in his and his neighbors’ back yards were struck by lighting. In addition to the complete alteration of the landscape, both houses were also damaged, when parts of the trees came crashing down. When we first moved to Oregon in 2005, local thunderstorms were such rare occurrences that they were featured on the news. Now, they seem to happen with some frequency, and at odd times in the year. But no; “What do you mean climate change??? That’s a hoax!” (Snark font used here.)
According to the NY Times (Dec 31, 2017): “Most people know climate change is happening, and a majority agrees it is harming people in the United States. But most don’t believe it will harm them.” Think about that for a second…
Meanwhile, the Twittler administration has taken a virtual chainsaw to deconstructing decades worth of painstakingly implemented social and environmental policies, meant to protect and prevent our world as well as our democracy. The connection between the actions of the elected, and the will of the electorate is as rotten as one of the Sequoias proved to be when it came down. When the pillars of democracy finally come tumbling down, maybe then we will see. Or, maybe we will still think that it only happens to “others”. A lot is at stake this week, most visibly with SCOTUS, while the weekly environmental damage we extoll on our world goes on, week after week, and hardly gets any media attention. Still, they go hand in hand, so we’d better react – and do it quickly. Sorry to get political on you, folks, but I can’t help it. The patterns and signs are everywhere – we just have to see through the rot, and connect the solids. As for such things as world wide reports of prematurely dying Baobabs, and the massive Sequoia rot in front of me, I’m curious as to what causes this seemingly increasingly common deterioration in our trees. I know what my guess is… but, do you really think it will happen to me??
(Actually, I do.)