You don't realize how strong water is (or, more precisely, you don't understand buoyancy) until you see it lift cars and trucks and entire houses; we watched on television as a small building floated down a highway. I found myself thinking about Noah's Ark. He had time. He was given enough warning to gather together all those creatures, and march them in couples up the plank into the safety of his small vessel. The fact is, even with sophisticated radar and televised predictions of thunderstorms, nothing could prepare people for the way this deluge worked. Sudden, relentless, and terrifying. The friends who called in said they barely had time to decide what to throw in their cars, much less organize their friends in the animal kingdom. So far, twenty-five people have died.
While the rains came down, I was getting whatever news I could off the Internet--when we had power--about the calamitous oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. I refuse to call it a leak or a spill; it is coming on too fast and no one knows how long it will go on. It is time for us to start connecting the dots. I've written more about this in my May column for the Environmental Defense Fund. I am convinced, by the analysis (click there for a link to Climate Progress) of the science I've been reading, that the flooding is related to the effects of our warming planet; extreme weather, and the oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, are connected. The clean up is also creating further environmental destruction because of the toxicity of chemicals being used; click here to a thoughtful piece on this subject.
It strikes me that it was only because I lost my job at House & Garden that I was given the chance to study and write about what's happening with our environment. The VP for Marketing and Communications had been an HG reader, loved my monthly column, and wanted me to take a similar approach to the issues that EDF addresses. I jumped at the chance.
The SLOW LOVE book tour has gotten off to an adventurous start. But my message couldn't be more heartfelt: we need to love our planet more. We need to take better care of it. We have no other ark.
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