For the first time in weeks, I’m going to wear pants today. Last night the cold front moved in, I opened the windows, and relished the feeling of being naturally coooooool.
The past two weeks’ heat wave has set records in Toronto, and probably elsewhere in North America. I know I’m lucky to have a) air conditioning, and even if I didn’t I have b) a brick house, which is much better at staying cool. But still, it was pretty disgusting whenever I stepped outside.
I stayed cool the way most people did. Staying in air conditioned areas. Drinking lots of water. Not eating heavy meals (I more or less subsisted on lettuce, and was fine). Wearing a hat and sunblock. But beyond the mundane details, a part of me has started to worry. Is it only going to get worse from here?
I argue with myself that the temperature is not some pre-apocalyptic sign, that while it’s hot, it’s been hotter before. Or that it’s all part of normal global climate swings. Like we had an Ice Age? Well, this is the Sweltering Age (or something nearing it). But I’ve also read that what has scientists worried, beyond the obvious effects of carbon pollution on global warming, are not the climate extremes, but the extreme oscillations from day to day, and year to year. Yesterday it was 32 C. Today it’s 22 C, and tomorrow it’ll be back to 32. This year has been super hot. Two years ago was super cold. Etc. etc.
I’m not sure what to make of it, but I’m worried. And beyond the worry is that hammering question – well, if you’re so worried, what are you going to do about it? The problem is that we all have to go about our daily lives. I have to go to work tonight – this means I have to drive. I can’t escape it (unless I want a 2-hour bus ride at midnight). My friend got married in June in Germany, and she invited me to be the witness. So I flew. Did that help the icebergs? Not one bit.
What’s your take on the climate change? How have you survived the heat wave?
- Jean AAR