One can only hope you are paying attention to the reports of rain in Greenland. That rain spells the beginning of the end of human life on this planet, as we know it. That rain starts in the subtropics where Mother Nature brews the increasingly violent tropical storms that head into the Caribbean or up the east coast of North America. The warmed waters of the Gulf Stream skirt Newfoundland, gather speed up the coast of Labrador and load the south winds with water as they head for Greenland. And it is raining in Greenland.
It is raining for the first known time at the three-kilometer-high mountain peaks of Greenland. It could be as much as 100,000 years since anything but ice or snow fell on those peaks. That is where the ice and snow have been compressed to create the glaciers that used to move by centimeters down to the sea to break away and create icebergs. Today, the rainwater is cutting rivulets in the ice to find the crevasses that take the water down to the rock formation and provides the lubrication to speed the glacier to the sea at a faster rate. As the added icebergs melt in the warmer waters, the sea level is rising. All because of the rain in Greenland.
But why should we care about some rain in Greenland? It forecasts the melting of our earth’s icecaps. It forecasts floods, it forecasts more and deadlier forest fires, it forecasts violent swings in our weather. We are no longer allowed to fuck with Mother Nature. Because it is raining in Greenland.
And yet our poor politicians say they are going to be good. They say they are going to meet new pollution levels in 20 or 30 years. But we already know that Mother Nature is not going to wait 20 or 30 years for her revenge. Alberta is no longer free to knock down the foothills of the Rockies for the coal underneath. That province of greed can no longer be allowed to inject steam into the earth to bring up that highly polluting bitumen of the tar sands. It must be stopped, because it is raining in Greenland.
We think of ourselves as a capitalist country. We better stop. We can no longer allow capitalism and greed to dictate our response to Mother Nature. Common sense has to take over. Because it is raining in Greenland.
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