Autumn is officially here, it rains everyday, the air is becoming bitter cold in the mornings and its dark by dinner time.
Our winters are marked by ever increasingly fierce storms, such as we have never seen before. These storms uproot, flood and destroy all before them and such storm defences as was in place for centuries, are no longer enough.
Thousands of people made homeless, hundreds die, lives destroyed in minutes. You might ask yourself, why is this happening??
The answer is Global Warming. Yes, it exists and its getting worse everyday and its effects are becoming more and more apparent.
You might ask but what is global warming? in the most basic of terms, it is the global temperature of our entire planet rising. It is caused by carbon emissions and it is changing our planet rapidly.
The ice caps are melting and as they melt, the level of the oceans rises and continues to rise. Soon many hundreds of thousands of people and animals will be displaced in a desperate search for higher ground.
In Ireland, we have had some shocking weather in the last ten years, weather which hasn’t been seen in centuries or in some cases never seen before.
There was ‘The Year of The Flood’ in 2009, when bridges, roads and homes were swept away… where the main road from Galway to Connemara became a causeway…
‘The Year of The Snow’ in 2010, months of below freezing temperatures, frozen pipes, downed electricity lines, impassable roads…a time of isolation and fear.
I remember getting up in the dark and wrapping myself in my warmest clothes, strapping on my ice grips and using my mountain walking sticks as skis to get down the two hills to the village below…
I should stress for those not from Ireland, snow is a rare event and usually on the rare occasions it does arrive, it normally only lasts a few hours and is gone again in the morning but this was a year where it snowed, and snowed and kept on snowing….
There was more flooding after the year of the snow and I’ve no doubt there is more to come…
We are not prepared for these massive global changes and we are not doing enough to stop global warming, We need to do more and to do it today for time is running out.
Its a good idea this time of year to try and prepare as much as possible for the winter ahead, lay in extra provisions, a thick pair of wellingtons, extra blankets…Irish weather reporter Teresa Mannion has also this advice:
On a happier note, there are several ways to up-cycle all those broken umbrellas from being out in this stormy weather.
They make great outdoor or indoor light features. Simply string lights through them or run a light bulb through the centre to create a striking effect.
They are useful in the garden as a planter or as a mini greenhouse!
The handle can be used as a coat hook, door handle…
Since it is almost October and you might start thinking of dressing up for Halloween, why not use a old umbrella to give yourself impressive bat wings! Best of all, if it rains [and it always does] you will stay nice and dry! 🙂
I leave you with a favourite song of mine from my childhood, which fits perfectly for the day that is in it…