I’ve been talking about climate change for so many years, most people are so tired of hearing it, they don’t pay attention anymore.
There was once a young Shepherd Boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was rather lonely for him all day, so he thought upon a plan by which he could get a little company and some excitement. He rushed down towards the village calling out “Wolf, Wolf,” and the villagers came out to meet him, and some of them stopped with him for a considerable time. This pleased the boy so much that a few days afterwards he tried the same trick, and again the villagers came to his help. But shortly after this a Wolf actually did come out from the forest, and began to worry the sheep, and the boy of course cried out “Wolf, Wolf,” still louder than before. But this time the villagers, who had been fooled twice before, thought the boy was again deceiving them, and nobody stirred to come to his help. So the Wolf made a good meal off the boy’s flock, and when the boy complained, the wise man of the village said: “A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.”
Aesop, . (1867). “The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’”. Aesop’s Fables (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved November 16, 2018, from http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/35/aesops-fables/375/the-boy-who-cried-wolf/
The difference is those who have been warning about the dangers of our environmental destruction were not lying.
I feel so badly for those who have suffered from the ferocious wildfires in California. And I hope the mudslides that might happen now that there isn’t brush to hold back the water don’t occur.
And yesterday record setting snowstorms are yet another result of environmental damage. Although it seems counter-intuitive to associate snow with global warming, that is the case. As the air, land and water temperatures rise, drought occurs by the increased evaporation of water. Also, more intense precipitation, in either torrential rains or heavy snowfall results from the air that holds more water.
This time there really is a “wolf” and it won’t be going away. Will this be enough to get people to acknowledge our environmental chaos, and work to change their lives? To stop burning fossil fuel? To protect our land, air and water?