I have never seen such devastation to the city's trees. The snow storm we had almost a month ago did many of them in due to the sheer weight of the snow, with major limbs or whole trees crashing to the ground.
Last Friday we experienced another devastating storm with hurricane-force winds that took down thousands more trees within Vancouver alone. Stanley park, our city's jewel known for its stands of beautiful old cedars and hemlocks, was severely damaged, with an estimated 3, 000 trees down in the park. Logging crews are being brought in to handle the clean up, which could take up to a year, and it will take generations for the forest to return to its previous state.
The thing that really gets me is that people only seem to be concerned about the inconvenience of having no power, or having to boil their water, and are ignoring the fact that our weather has gone completely berserk this year. Jim over at Earth Home Garden has been noticing similar disturbing trends with his local weather in California. Ours certainly isn't any warmer than it normally is this time of year, but it's intensely wet and windy, which is exactly what scientists are predicting for this area in the wake of climate change (we've had at least one wind or rain warning a week for the last couple of months).
Granted, weather sometimes does strange things, and every little blip can't be blamed on global warming. But when these things start happening with increasing frequency, we should probably sit up and pay attention.
To learn more about global warming and our effect on it, check out some of the free online videos that I posted here.
What scares me is the prospect that most of North America thinks like this guy does (this is from a comment that someone wrote in response to that post):
That's some list of movies you have there. Is there any you can recommend that doesn't predict the end of the world. Life must really suck up there in the land of NOTHING!. Please keep doing exactly what your doing to keep planet Earth safe so the rest of us can enjoy our lives, and our SUV's. Oh and by the way, If you really like Al Gore you're welcome to take him. In-spite of what think, most Americans consider Gore to be an absolute crackpot who wouldn't be qualified for a job sweeping floors at a Home Depot if he had to actually go out and make it in the real world like the rest of us.
My only hope is that having to go without power and water this winter will make people more aware of how precious they are, and remind them that there's not an endless supply of the things most of us take for granted.
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?