This has been a terrible year for a lot of the country, because of lack of rain. Here in New Mexico many areas still have not received much, even though it is the time of year we call "monsoon."
I have seen several of these El Niño/La Niña events since I've lived here: a wet year, followed by a drought year, but this one has been the worst. Is it a one-off, or is this an indication of a future direction? Do we need to be thinking about world famine, war, water-shortages, increasing government regulation in our daily lives? I hate to think so, but it would be foolish not to consider the possibilities.
Being that we humans have a relatively short life-span, we may not see the true direction indicated by slight changes in weather patterns over a long period of time—even though records have been kept for a hundred years or so. We may find it hard to conceive that conditions will not be as we have always known them.
I just finished watching an older British mini-series called "Edge of Darkness." I won't go into the story at all, but the question you are left with is: does mankind have the capacity to destroy the Earth, or does the planet have the capacity to recover from whatever damage we do, perhaps eliminating an overly destructive species in the process?
Perhaps what we are seeing is the planet making "corrections" (as the stock brokers like to call a particularly volatile market drop, like the one we've just seen this last week.)
Who knows. It comforts me to think that Earth will survive us. If larger forces, such as comets or asteroids or solar windsdo cause the end of the planet, it will have had nothing to do with us.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.