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Limited sunshine today, maybe this can help

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I stayed up late working on some projects and slept in. I was about to get up when I heard that rain. Rolled right back over and went back to sleep. Nothing like sleeping with the sound of rain coming down. I guess that is unless your outside and I wasn’t. And now this afternoon another round of showers. Well maybe this flower has a few rays of sunshine saved up from yesterday.

Bee's on sunflower. Photo by Mike Hartley

Bee’s on sunflower.
Photo by Mike Hartley

A good friend was pointing out that this is the first year he could remember in a good while that the grass has stayed green all summer and needed cutting just about every week without fail despite high temps. I don’t know what that means. Could be an indication of climate change. Could just be one of the swings in rain and temperatures that happens normally to balance out the extremes.

I think that is the issue with the Climate change argument. Weather like time is gradual. Spread out over time things don’t seem to be extreme. You don’t notice trends or even if the weather guy is telling you that the top 10 hottest years on this planet have been since 1998.

And even if we accepted the argument that it is getting worse and we are the cause, we’re not all on the same page about it here and around the world its worse. So even if half of the population of earth does a better job it might not be enough. As it is with most problems it take the majority to effect real change.

That’s no reason to give up. Just do better each day. I’ve made decisions along the way in many areas that I hope are making things better. I try to buy fuel-efficient cars (except for my youth, I did grow up in the Muscle car days). I’ve cut back on the A/C needed. I’m trying not to poison the earth any longer with harmful yard chemicals. I recycle like crazy but I’m suspect of that effort. My better half takes the canvas bags most of the time when she shops.

I think if we are all conscious about energy consumption then we may have a chance. I think I was about 13 when the first Earth day was observed in 1970. It was a big thing back then. I think all of us had our conscious raised by things like this. But in not such a way that we didn’t compound the problem or speak out more as we grew and aged.

So as they say, it’s never too late to turn things around. Here’s hoping we really do have the time.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

One thought on “Limited sunshine today, maybe this can help

  1. Your thoughts on energy conservation are similar to my own. I differ a little in the recreation department. Take boating for instance, the environmental choice would be a sailboater, but I prefer the roar of a couple big blocks, open exhaust, throttles pinned tooling across the water at 50 mph. I enjoy your articles, thank you

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