by David Ma on 10th February, 2010 at 8:26 AM CEST
This is part 2 of a 2 part climate report series, in which we wanted to present different views on how different weather conditions influence our perception of global warming. In this post we asked David to write about the current hot weather in Australia, which just experienced its hottest decade on record. You can read Jake's story on how the UK is dealing with snow here. - C:F Team
When the weather gets hot for even a koala to bear, and the going gets tough down under. There's danger of heat stroke, and dangers of bush fires. Dangers of dehydration, and your car breaking down. It's easy to think of the problems Australians face each day out there in the sun. Simple mental juxtaposition with roast chicken will suffice in understanding the plights associated with the rising heights of mercury. Its not all doom and gloom in the cauldron however, while its bubbling and troubling outside, you will always find Australia's doing what they do best: Take advantage of the situation given to them.
What a time to go on an evening stroll, with the cooler nights lingering on your backs. What a change from the usual affair when we'd all be indoors at night. What a time to go to and enjoy the beach, enjoy a tan, surf and sand. What a time to talk about the weather, and have a meaningful conversation about it. More than ever the heat has brought people together in Australia, rather than burning bridges between us all. That is the thing about the weather, the more that it is disarray the greater its potential to bring us together to a single purpose and cause.
Global warming, the global phenomenon that is sweeping the world off its feet in alarm, has brought us towards the common purpose of saving the Earth for future generations. Sowing the seeds for international relationships and policies to be erected, and countries to fly banners on policies and stances on carbon emission and pollution.
We cannot ignore the effects of the weather, and global warming and how it has changed over the years. Things are different. People don't remember it being this hot. But what people will remember and talk about in the future is what they did to stop global warming. What we did to prevent the temperatures from rising. What we did on those hot Sundays, what the beach was like. And how we survived like we had erupted triumphant from the fires of hell.
It is hot. Smoldering in fact. But trouble doesn't brew in this cauldron. Only the taste of summer punch.