By the miracle of the internet I have been looking at photos of the floods in Australia, taken by friends of friends on Facebook.
As one person put it, “Looks more real than on TV. Scary.”
Somehow there is a vivid clarity in a photo of an entire boat pontoon from “millionaires row” floating downstream towards the sea:
Money cannot buy protection the random events that climate change is bringing.
But what really struck me, and the reason I am writing this post, was not so much the endless photos of rising waters where usually there was land.
What struck me was this photo of a supermarket with empty shelves:
On the one hand, supplies are disrupted. On the other, people ‘panic buy’.
Australia seems a long way away. But climate change is global. There is nothing to say that the same won’t happen here next week, next month, next year.
And when it does, as it continues to more and more often in different places around the world, the way we are living now is not prepared to deal with it.
We need to grow more local food. We need to cut carbon emissions and get the level of CO2 in the atmosphere down to 350 parts per million. And to do that we need to insulate our homes, use renewable energy, and travel less.
We need to rebuild a sense of community in Farnham. If we don’t then crisis events like flooding and severe snow are going to do it for us.