So what gives? Is it Global Warming? Considering the instability of the weather - heat, then rain and cold, then more heat - it seem's like Global Sine Wave is more likely what is going on.
Perhaps the million dollar question is "Why?". If you put ten scientists in a room, you would be more likely to get agreement about "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" than about this question. I mean, not that after all we have done to the planet we don't deserve some extreme weather. Let's face it - cutting down forests (which we know are absolutely vital to everyone's existence), so we can supply burgers for corporations to sell us, pumping out oil and gas at a record rate to fuel our consumption (we don't actually know whether the oil and gas actually serve to stabilize the planet - hey, did anyone think of that?), and frac-ing? Really,on second thought, why is probably not the operative question here.
I read an article, perhaps on Institute of Heart Math (can't remember actually) that we used to live off of the interest that the earth produced. Now we are no longer doing that. Now we are destroying the earth's ability to sustain herself and us, of course. Perhaps the question should be - Are we crazy? Or do we just think it will only happen overseas? Oh, wait, I guess the floods in Calgary disproves that.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-oil and gas. I drive a car, albeit a hybrid, because I need to get to work. But at what point do we stop and say "Enough!" There is a better way than this." There really isn't any solid plan to go forward - and we need one.
I know that old habits die hard and we have been on this increasingly destructive spiral for more than a couple of centuries, but I think it is time to re-think some of the things we currently take for granted and start seriously working on sustainability. And hats off to those that are. Germany is one of them.
It is of course possible, that this unstable and extreme weather is part of a natural re-occurring cycle. Living more sustainably would still be important. A little balance in our own lives - is that being the change you want to see? Anyone with me on moving ahead with this?