Short of Water?

Some think that water never runs out,

They believe it is infinite and free,

They shower for ages and use it all day,

To water their flowers, to bathe and to play.

Others know water as costly,

Expensive as resources go.

They realise if they let it run and run,

Their bills will grow (and that’s no fun).

Bill payers and water wasters

Are surprised to find

That water sources

Have recently come to a grind.

Rivers are at their lowest in France,

Stopping barges – they stand no chance.

Causing problems for animals and plants,

Leading to hose pipe bans – ‘That’s just pants!’

‘How dare they restrict our water!’

They cry and scream,

They need to learn

They partly caused the dry stream.

Overuse of water is a problem itself,

Pollution and urban sprawls also help.

When will everyone finally see…

That water shortages are down to YOU and ME?

Take Aways From The Heatwave

This week the UK saw its hottest temperatures since records began. An average July used to see temperatures topping at 23 degrees Celsius but this week we peaked just above 40 degrees, which would have been unthinkable when I was growing up. Working in such hot conditions without air conditioning was really difficult. If this is going to be the new norm, we have to change the way we do things.

With meteorologists now predicting a further ‘heat dome’ over Europe in August and the extension of hot weather into September (which has been apparent for the past few years), the time has come to think carefully about how we ready ourselves for such hot weather.

My thoughts…

Yes, in Southern Europe they are used to having very hot days, but they are also closed during peak sunshine hours for a siesta. As well as this, their homes are painted white colours to reflect the sun and have shutters on the outside of their windows to block out the damaging rays. Air conditioning is part of their strategy too. In Britain our homes are designed to trap hot air. We have double glazed windows and extra insulation which make things worse.

Governments need to start thinking about working conditions during such hot periods. Perhaps they will consider:

– funding air conditioning for key workers and hospitals as well as subsidising this for low income households

– making affordable shutters an option to darken houses during hot days and reduce internal temperatures

– adapting school days to suit the weather (perhaps starting earlier and closing at midday or having a siesta)

However…

I notice that President Biden has set aside 2 billion dollars for air conditioning and sun protection. This is great but I hope he and other governments are putting even more money into finding ways to counter the effects of global warming.

The following things need addressing right away:

– ensuring all power stations use renewable energy supplies such as wind, hydro or solar

– funding a better network of trains and buses to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads

-taxing and discouraging frequent flying and overuse of aeroplanes

– widespread tree planting schemes and re-wilding

Hopefully some lessons have been learned from this week’s heatwave. It would be sad to see no changes taking place, given this massive wake up call. We all know that climate change will become more of a problem over the next few decades. We really need to act now to protect our homes, our health and our crops. Thank you for reading my article. If you enjoyed it, please consider following my blog for similar future content.

An Environmental Thought

Although I often write about entertainment and books, I have always been keen to discuss environmental issues on my blog. There is no doubt that our seasons are changing due to global warming. This is an issue that needs not only highlighting, but urgently acting upon.

Cleaner sources of energy are making a difference but we need so many more.

What is the latest?

Today they changed the definition of a heatwave in parts of England. This is a fairly big deal. Where it used to take three consecutive days of temperatures higher than 27 degrees C to constitute a heatwave, it is now going to need to be 28 degrees C. Why is that significant? It is all down to climate change.

Our average temperatures are going up year on year and so what used to be considered an unusual heatwave is now looking much more common. This is a really disturbing fact, given that we all have the power to do something about it. It has life-changing impacts on ecosystems and millions of people.

Just saying…

This is just a short post to highlight this change in definition and keep climate change in your thoughts. I believe that if we all put pressure on big businesses and governments, then we can really make a difference.

On a smaller scale we need to make good choices regarding travel, such as avoiding planes and opting for public transport more. Similarly, take up any opportunities we have to make changes to our home heating and insulation.

Simply choosing ecofriendly products can also make a difference. When we shop, we can decide to buy food that hasn’t flown half way around the world in order to reach our supermarket shelves.

There are so many things that we can do but it is really important that our politicians are persuaded to make drastic changes to the way we fuel our economies. Perhaps the recent energy price hike will help to spur them on with funding energy that doesn’t come from fossil fuels.

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