If you live anywhere on the east coast of Australia, I hope you’ve survived this past week’s series of storms, winds and crazy tumultuous weather.
We actually braved the torrential rain on Saturday night for a double date dinner. What were we thinking?
Peeling myself off the couch, get out of my sweat pants and make the effort to scrub up for a night out in the cold and rain.
Luckily, in the end, the food was great (Japanese fusion) and the company awesome (the only other couple I know who actually who think we’re still cool enough to want to hang out with us sans kids).
With the kids staying with G’ma that night, we drove the next morning to pick them up. Again, facing the relentless weather.
On our way home, we drove along the eastern suburbs beaches to survey the damage.
People were still out, getting their weekend walks in. Runners looking liberated albeit drenched.
But I couldn’t help wonder about climate change. How did we go from marveling at the Indian summer, enjoying days of 25 degrees to the sudden fear of raging weather and floods?
By no means am I an expert on the environment. However, something doesn’t feel quite right.
Yet, we’re not fully accepting the idea that it could possibly be the effects of climate change. The media keep talking like this extreme weather is rare, telling us this storm is a “Once in a lifetime” disaster.
I’m pretty sure I’ve already experienced three in the past ten years.
Even Leonardo Di Caprio – a staunch environmentalist – had to mention during his Oscar acceptance speech that the entire Revenant film production had to go as far as the southern tip of South America to find deep, heavy snow.
Or was he just dreaming that up too?
Maybe from now on, one off disasters will end up just the norm. Like the big arse trees in my neighbourhood fall flat on the main road.
Or collapsed roads around the local wharf, deeming it unsafe.
Is it just me? Or is something not quite right?
Were you affected by the storms? Do you believe in climate change?
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