When I began following this monthly post, we hadn’t survived Trump or the storming of our Capital. We were worried about climate, but we thought we had more time to deal with it. Since then — now six or seven years — what was a worry has become a fear.
We took a lot of pictures in October which is remarkable because there were probably no more than a week of non-rainy days. We manage to do a lot of shooting in those few days. To save everyone from endless scrolling, I’ve put pictures into galleries. If you click on any image in a gallery, it will expand.
This began long before Trump was elected and decided to destroy the earth to make a few people — who already had more money than they could possibly need — even wealthier. It was a move so incomprehensible we kept looking for a real reason. Surely it couldn’t be just that. It was almost as if he was angry at humanity and was doing everything he could to make life as hard as possible for anyone who wasn’t rich.
In his four years in office, he tore this country apart — in the most literal sense. He tore human beings apart, destroyed friendships, families, marriages, and communities. He was determined to turn the world ugly — and for no logical reason.
Undoing the mess is hard. I didn’t expect things to turn around quickly. The mess didn’t happen overnight and we aren’t going to turn it around overnight — and at the rate we are going, we aren’t going to turn it around at all.
How long will it take? How long will the earth become unlivable? It won’t happen all at once. Hot places will get hotter and dryer and colder places will hold out longer. We are already seeing it in Africa and India. While they aren’t letting us take a good look, I’m pretty sure China and Russia are already wondering how they will manage to feed their people. China has been running out of food for generations, so this isn’t anything new. Russia too had serious issues with provisions. If you remember the 1950s and 1960s, Russians stood on long lines to get loaves of bread and basic food stuffs. Are they on their way back there now? They don’t want us to know.
Our climate has changed. We live in mud and floods. We have storms big enough to engulf a continent. If we aren’t flooding, we are suffering through droughts and fires. Mudslides. Warming oceans, the death of billions of birds and many other creatures once common, now extinct. Miles of floating plastic trash in our seas. Sharks along our northern beaches. Vanishing lobsters and fish. It just goes on and on.
What can we do? I don’t know. Feed the birds and squirrels. Try to protect whatever woodlands remain. Fight developers and development. We do what we can and it won’t be enough, but it’s something. Everything helps and who knows? If everyone does something, maybe we will all survive.
This is The Changing Seasons: October 2021. Please join hosts Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard and Brian at Bushboys World for this monthly challenge.
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