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RCE_2868The morning sun shines a spotlight on a Tiger Lily.

There is an old joke I love. It goes like this: Did you here that Johnson and Johnson have developed a new product for the millennium? It’s call KY Y2K. It lets you put in 4 digits instead of two!

The joke is a play on the hysteria that accompanied the calendar switching from 1999 to the year 2000. The thought was that many computers would think it was the year 1900, as computers only recognized two digits in the calendar instead of four, thus confusing banking, shipping, airfare and anything and everything ran by a computer. 

It was reported on every news station and everyone held their breath at midnight 1999. Lisa and I even took out some cash from the bank to see us through until they sorted the mess out. Some people did a lot more. Of course it all turned out to be hype. The calendar switched and everything ran like the day before. 

A lot of tech companies made a ton of money from the impending doom. 

Fake news it would be called today.

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Todays political and environmental landscape is much different. We are on the edge of environmental ruin as our world heats up due to CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels.

Canada contributes between 1 and 2% to the worlds CO2 emissions. Even if we were to shut down every form of industry that produces green house gasses we would still be doomed.

Still, it’s worth a try. I travel in a vehicle but most of my trips are longer than 2 miles but shorter than 10 miles. I don’t have boats, ATV’s, a second house nor do I plan on getting any, I grow most of our food but eat a steak every chance I get (I’m working on it). I realize I am lucky to do so. 

In this area the most fervent environmentalists are wealthy people. They spend their winters in warmer climes, or on trips where they ‘help out’, they wear layers of Northface, shop at Mountain Equipment Coop,  have several pairs of boots for every occasion, carry mirrorless cameras, get on jets every holiday, stay in second and third homes, and preach. . . they preach science. How we are doomed.

Science has become the new religion. I used to feel guilty about masterbating, now I feel guilty about eating steak and contributing to more cow farts in the atmosphere. Then again, it could be that masterbating doesn’t hold the same appeal as it once did.

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Still that doesn’t mean something isn’t going on. CO2 occurs naturally and in abundance to what humans have produced. It’s a balance we may well have fucked up.

The future could be as bleak as is reported, while we live in the most generous of times. Where more people than ever on earth have access to healthcare and food and water. Where we should be counting our lucky stars. Mostly because of science

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Perhaps only science can save us. Is there a way to gobble up this, seemingly minute, compared to natures production, but devastating CO2, that has perched us on this precipice?

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I love my children and grandchildren. I try to show them the happiness in having less, or having more in less.

The stories of kindness and living simply are not meant to make them weak but strong in the future.

The bird calls, the first spuds from a well tended garden, the cones on top of trees framed in a blue sky. The river high and low and the difference between seasons.

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Perhaps I am a fool, shy of two digits while the world’s clock ticks towards midnight.

5 thoughts on “tick toc

    1. underswansea

      Ha ha – if you only knew.

      What about that? Would it be possible to engineer something to absorb the extra CO2? Because I don’t see anybody really willing to slow the consumption of fossil fuels. Canada will not achieve the climate goals of The Paris Agreement, nor will most countries.

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      1. Jim R

        There are some CO2 sequestering methods. But, they are small scale compared to our massive fossil fuel use. I don’t see enough slow down to make a significant dent in the trend. Everyone needs to be aware of the problem, their own contributions, things they can do to help reduce their role, and then live the lifestyle needed. It is personal, corporate, and governmental responsibility that we need. I don’t see it happening. 😦

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  1. mountaincoward

    the Y2K scare wasn’t fake news as such – I work in IT and we really weren’t sure it would all work out. As you said, it was fine in the end but it could have gone wrong.

    I’ve always believed we’re damaging the planet and the climate though – well, at least since around the 1970s – all my family thought the same – well before it hit the news. So we’ve always been frugal. Mind you, Yorkshire folks are known for their parsimony and frugality – along with the Scots!

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    1. underswansea

      I have recently met someone from Yorkshire. I will ask them about these qualities that I also hold in high esteem.

      I agree our environment is suffering. It is the careless neglect I object to.

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