The climate we grew up with is leaving. International action to slow climate chaos is not really working. National action and market innovations are having some useful impacts, but they are far too few on the mitigation side and far too weak on the adaptation side. We are going to face consequences with weak defenses.
When I moved to Amsterdam in 2010, I joked that it was going to get “California weather” due to climate change.
- Now, California is turning from heaven to hell, in terms of drought, floods and fire.
- 2022 was Amsterdam’s warmest year on record (since 1951) and the country’s second warmest year since 1901. The 2022 drought did not beat the 1976 record, but it was still in the top 5 percent of dry years.
For me, these climate-change impacts are somewhat mitigated by my history of living in different places (in California, traveling, in the Netherlands), but I bet you homebodies have noticed that the climate of your youth is changing:
- The flowers and trees are responding differently.
- The rain and cold are coming in stronger or weaker.
- The heat is more intense, for longer.
- New animals are arriving while old ones disappear.
These changes are affecting holidays, foods, work, play and even chores.
Do you notice these changes? Which are good? bad?
My one-handed conclusion is that all of us will need to give up on some of our values and expectations, while some of us will need to move, either for comfort or survival.
Is this the first step in our return to a nomadic life?