Global and Local

We huddle  together at the bus stops, in the wind and rain.  For a moment we feel a common bond as warm-blooded creatures, fragile on this earth.

Headlines are full of the names of the dead--Paris, Beirut, Yemen,  South Lawndale--around the world and across the street. Like weather, news is global and local.

Meanwhile, the  strongest  El Niño in over 20 years is affecting the weather.  Another major storm has brought gale-force winds to the Northwest US and Canada--thousands are without power due to downed trees, weakened by the dry summer there. It's blizzard conditions in Colorado, and  tornadoes  have  wreaked havoc across the Great Plains.

Here,  there are flight delays and cancellations due to high winds.  Gray sky  and rain falling on the remaining leaves.  It is austere and terribly beautiful.  The first snow of the season is predicted for this weekend.

These things are all connected, as we are all connected. Some maintain the first modern disaster was the eruption of Krakatoa. When Krakatoa volcano erupted in 1883, the news reached London halfway across the world in five hours, thanks to  the new wired reality of the telegraph.

Now, we are connected, almost instantaneously. The internet has made us more of one world.

On November 30, there will be climate talks in Paris--UN Climate Change Conference 2015 . World leaders, the power elites,  are expected to attend. It would be a security challenge anyway, but now in the wake of the attacks in Paris, the climate of these talks has changed.  As I write this, the official word is there will be no marches in the streets, no public demonstrations.

The meetings will go on, but there may be a public spirit missing. The Peoples Climate March in September 2014 was an international outpouring of hope and solidarity. You can read more about it here.

This is our world, our future. It is not news that the effects of global warming will impact  poor and vulnerable  people the most.  There will be more  refugees.  There will be more extremists.

This is a crisis of humanity that goes beyond nations,  ideologies and egos.  It is going to affect us all.



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  • However, this group of extremists comes out of a land that is and has been for millennia a desert. It also makes its money by selling oil. There was a Nova on the city of Petra, saying that their ancestors 2100 years ago had enough knowledge to preserve water and prevent flash floods, something the present inhabitants do not. There will always be the weather.

  • Thanks for reading, Jack--always appreciate your great comments.
    Yes, water and oil run through history--and sadly, extremists of all kinds...

    No shortage of weather, for sure!

  • Thank you for calling attention to what else is going on (or coming up) in Paris, but also going on here. Well done.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you, as always, for reading!

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