Today I wake up to another day when the temperatures are expected to hit 30 degrees in England. Historically the average June temperature was 15 degrees in June (looking at various sources) but it appears that average is going to be overridden. Here is my hot weather poem to get you thinking about this.
Jumpers coming off.
Bright sunny skies,
A hayfever cough.
Rivers looking lower,
Loch Ness is drying up.
Crops turning yellow,
Wondering, ‘What’s up?’
Lollies and ice creams,
Wildfires will soar.
Sneaky UV rays
Peeling off my skin,
Forget about the causes,
Just take it on the chin.
Rain thunderous now and then.
Flash floods happening,
Dreadful yet again.
Massive cities smothered,
In dirty, choking smog.
Was it their pollution
That caused it all along?
Do we take responsibility
For the warming we create?
Or simply let it happen,
Till we’re in a right old state?
Let’s call this a wake up,
Let’s take some action right away!
We cannot simply brush it off,
Or we’ll have no planet on which to stay!
After days of choking smoke in New York, how can anyone deny climate change? The new heatwave in the UK has come sooner than last year and will no doubt cause problems, including crop destruction and water shortages… again.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my hot weather poem. I hope that you might drop a comment with your thoughts on this issue. Have a look at my Greener Spaces article and the other Climate Change Collective posts for more info on global warming and suggestions. Perhaps also follow my blog for similar future content.
This month the Climate Change Collective are discussing the need for green space in urban areas and its increasing erosion. The lead post by Krista at A Sustainably Simple Life, talks about personal experiences of climate change. It suggests ways that urban areas can improve their impact on the environment.
Check out this brilliant, informative post for yourself:
In my local area, it is clear that there is a demand to build more homes. A small estate that was built in 2005 has now blossomed into a massive development which is as big as a town. Previously green spaces have been replaced by roads, houses and retail outlets.
My childhood town used to have a gap between itself and neighbouring villages but now has extended across its green belt. Not only has it joined up to the next village but that village has now connected to the next town. Where I used to drive through pockets of countryside, I now just see houses all the way.
Is This The Way Forward?
We have to consider future planning for homes and the impact it has on the countryside. Towns are concrete jungles which absorb sunlight and increase run-off during storms. Flooding will become more of a problem as we build estates and remove woodlands and plants. Surely there are ways we can involve and integrate plants in our developments, by creating planted roofs, planting more trees and leaving lots of green space between streets.
Check out the interesting and relevant article by Krista and Alison and be sure to drop a comment. What are your thoughts on greener areas in towns and cities? Do you think there is more to be done to stop urban sprawl?
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