Good News, Bad News

At long last spring is here, and what a beautiful time it is. My forsythia and quince are in bloom, and the lilacs are getting ready. I’ve dug up the soil and look forward planting my vegetables. It’s an amazement to me every year that I put tiny little plants in the ground in May, and later in the summer harvest crisp cucumbers and sweet tomatoes. There’s nothing more fresh and delicious. I call it the 30-foot diet.

It’s hard to be thinking about bad news in the midst of all this beauty, but I think it’s important to make room for the whole picture. A recent article made me feel pretty scared. Despite all the work that people are doing all over the world to curb climate change, it’s just not happening. The article’s title says it all “400 PPM Atmospheric CO2 Levels Soon to be Surpassed.”  Scientists argue that we need to reduce CO2 levels to 350 PPM (parts per million) to prevent disruptive climate change, but we’re moving in the opposite direction.

A beautiful spring, and bad news about climate change. How do we live with this dichotomy, with this glaring disconnect between our ‘normal’ everyday often wonderful lives, and the climate crisis?

There’s no easy answer. But I do think we need to embrace it all. We can enjoy the beauty that life offers us every day, without ignoring the tremendous challenges we face. We mustn’t ignore the climate crisis. There’s too much at stake.

Enjoy the spring! And let’s join together in the climate change fight.

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