Thursday, November 22, 2012
Victoria's Green Matters - 22nd Nov 2012
Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
It was very noticeable that during the recent Presidential election in the USA, both candidates for the White House only mentioned climate change once during the whole campaign. This year we have seen some unprecedented extremes of weather in all parts of the world, not least the USA, where extreme drought has ruined food crops and hurricane Sandy has destroyed lives and property along the East coast.
It is pretty obvious that climate change is happening all around the world and it’s happening much faster than expected. The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice this summer was predicted to happen at the end of the century but it is happening now and by the end of summer 2015 there will be none left.
Closer to home, floods have devastated parts of Italy over the last week and experts warn that even more severe flooding in the future will destroy food crops and the country’s natural beauty. Venice has seen its sixth worst flooding since 1872 and climate change is clearly having an effect on crops this year with the production of bananas for the first time in Sicily.
But, even as all these dire things are happening around the world, our leaders seem to be turning a blind eye. Worse yet, governments are heading to produce more fossil fuels to burn through tar sands oil in Canada and fracking for gas in the USA and here at home. Surely, the signs are obvious – how can our governments ignore them?
Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.