Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's about time

People who have lived on Brangus Lane for a long time have seen the effects of climate change on our community: falling water tables and drought. Creeks that used to run all winter long now sometimes don't run at all in the winter, much less in the summer. Bear Creek itself is often very low and hasn't flooded out of its banks in years. Maple trees are having trouble surviving, particularly red maples.

One would think, considering the seriousness of drought and falling water tables, that there would be a mass movement to stop global climate change. But such a movement has not really been very visible. Activists like James Hansen have commented on the fact that we have not seen people protesting the building of coal plants, for example, or mass demonstrations in favor of legislation to limit carbon emissions.

But finally it is happening this weekend in Washington: a mass protest in Washington, DC. You can read about it here.

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