An excerpt from our ConvoCast “EARTH: Climate Change by the Elements.”
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Basic weather patterns have begun to shift. Places that used to get a predictable amount of rain—for example the Amazon, where a lot of coffee still gets grown—a specific amount of rain would fall every year and you could depend on it like clockwork. So certain kinds of crops grew in those areas and as a result, industries could be made out of those crops.
Places that used to grow lots of our food are now experiencing less regular consistent rain. Not only that, in the winter, rain falls on mountaintops and becomes snow and ice and ice pack and that ice pack melts during the summer. In an ideal world, that ice pack becomes rivers that we use during the year. Well, that’s no longer happening. We’re no longer getting that snow, that rain and as a result, arable land is disappearing.
So what was once good land without rain, without regular rain to maintain it has now begun to disappear. And the migrations that we’re seeing from South America—part of that is because arable land has begun to disappear there. Those are farmers now no longer have places to farm, so mass migration is one of those earth related events we talked about some time ago. But it’s now the time to talk about it again.
This migration you’re seeing from South America to North America, this is just the beginning and this doesn’t even scratch the surface of how many people will be affected. It is estimated that by 2040, 200 million people all over the world will be forced to migrate someplace else to have sustainable food to eat.
Yeah not only is that rain not falling during planting seasons, its erratic. So it could fall, but it could fall past the time that the buds needed it. You know it’s not in sync anymore with planting seasons and that also helped to ruin crops because stuff could lay in mold on the fields, when it should have been growing or being harvested.
Also, a lot of farmers are now experiencing floods where their fields were, their fields would expect to be dry and all those crops just died right there in the fields. This can happen once or twice, but if it begins to become a pattern, land becomes unstable and people become unstable. Areas become violent as people start trying to figure out where they’re going to live, what they’re going to eat. This is compounded when there is no longer government support and if the government is not concerned about farmers or their issues even though they need food.
This is the beginning of the problem. Food manufacturing is important, growing food is important, and nations are learning and discovering that the infrastructure they believed was bulletproof, is not at all bulletproof. We’ve been growing the same crop here for 300 years, this year it didn’t grow, last year didn’t grow, the year before they didn’t grow. Suddenly it is no longer so bulletproof and now we have a whole world that’s quietly being disturbed, and we’re not talking about it enough. Not nearly enough. And that’s why we’re here.
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Climate Change by the Elements: AIR
Climate Change by the Elements: FIRE
Climate Change by the Elements: WATER
Thaddeus and Carol talk with The Good Men Project community on climate change and environmental activism on part of a series “Climate Change by the Elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire”.
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