It is another cross quarter day…and a fine one here in my small Georgia garden.
We are halfway between the fall equinox when day and night were the same length…and the dark time of the winter solstice.
I have been blessed to have a migrating Monarch linger here for several days, enjoying the salvias & camellias particularly.
My mind is on the election…& being the natural science nerd I am, I have listened for what is said…or more to the point, not said…about our way forward regarding the environment…and while I have never, ever before endorsed a candidate, this is an election & a time like no other in my brief 62 years on this earth.
While we humans obsess about Hillary’s emails and Donald’s antics, the other species we share this planet with are becoming extinct at an unprecedented rate. Scientists are referring to this as the sixth extinction….the fifth took out the dinosaurs. This era in geological time has been dubbed the Anthropocene…meaning “the human age”…because for the first time, it is human activity that is driving changes in geology and ecosystems.
In this election cycle…if we are to move forward in the ways we must, to ensure our children’s futures if not our own…I have to believe our best hope lies with Democrats.
The Democratic radar is tuned into things like…
…job creation in renewable energy
…the regulation of toxic chemicals & land use that we need to stem such things as…
…the extinction of bees and monarchs…
…and the spoiling of lakes…from those of my family’s beloved Minnesota which were clogged with lurid green algae when I flew over them last summer…to the slimy disaster that was Lake Okeechobee in Florida this summer.
With a few rare exceptions, the environment is not on the Republican radar. In that world, at this point in time, science is viewed with suspicion, regulation is demonized until something like lead in Flint water happens & fingers wag, climate change is a hoax, and the endangered species act is under attack.
I will climb down from my soap box now. But for anyone still undecided…do consider Mother Nature when you venture into that voting booth.
by Sarah Fay Campbell Oct. 01, 2016 As summer melts away, one traditional feature was absent this year, nighttime mosquito fogging truck trips noisily sputtering up and down Newnan streets. The city of Newnan has been spraying for mosquitoes for many years. Exactly how many years seems to be lost in the mists of […]
So…here we are 40 years ago today.
I intended to scan more family snapshots of the wedding day…but for some reason Uncle John in his leisure suit keeps scanning in green…just green.
So I asked the guy above what he thought…he deals with computer problems every day so he just groaned & at this moment in time is worrying about the national election due to the Brexit vote & the Trump candidacy & is in the middle of cleaning the bathtub.
So I will be satisfied with this picture…and be happy for the fact that we have supported each other this far in our own awkward ways…and will continue to do so for as long as we’ve got.
40 years is really just a number…it’s the day in and day out that matters.
Later we’ll have beer & brats & try to find a good movie to watch on TCM with cats on our laps.
On this Earth Day 2016…the goldfinches are nesting and will be hungry. They love dandelion seeds. Put your feet up and enjoy the show. You will be doing biodiversity and the future of life on earth a huge favor.
…..someone should mention here that the chemically drenched monoculture turf lawn is so yesterday…..so I will.
Pass it on.