How Does Climate Change Affect People:
The Evidence of Climate Change in the Farm Sector.
As farmers we are very aware of the weather and any changes in the climate. We can no longer draw up our budgets based on the assumption that the climate will remain static, and perform according to a set pattern. It is very unpredictable.
We have witnessed some years of severe drought with unprecedented periods of dry, hot temperatures. We have had to buy in feed from other areas to maintain our stock , all the time hoping that the drought would break and we would again have feed for the cattle. We watch the bank balance go down as feed bills increase, and we cannot sell the cattle because they are in poor condition and not suitable for butchers.
Restockers don’t want them either as they too are unable to feed them. Its a difficult and heart wrenching time. Some farmers are unable to meet their financial commitments and before long the banks start foreclosing. Some farmers are unable to cope with the stigma of failing financially and end up shooting all their stock then taking their own lives.
These are really tough times and times that most city folks would not fully appreciate. We have been through these times and survived but many farmers cannot deal with the emotional stress of stock in poor condition, escalating debt and no income.
Farmers take a great deal of pride in how they keep their animals and the state of their pasture which is being grown to feed their stock. When a severe drought hits, he can manage for a time but then when the grass disappears, the water supply dries up and the animals begin to die it all gets to be far too much.
Bank managers are often little upstarts from city back grounds who have no concept whatsoever of what these businesses are going through. They want their money no matter what, but the farmer cannot draw an income because the stock become unsaleable. The bank moves in, puts a sign on the gate and tells the farmer to leave then sells the farm for way less than its true value. This was remember his pride and joy, something he worked hard for only to have a freak drought take it all.
Meanwhile people have to pay more for their food because there is not enough to meet demand so the affects of climate change move beyond the farm gate.
Yes if you want to know if climate change is real just ask an Aussie farmer.
My hubby, a real Aussie farmer.
The Evidence for Climate Change in the Bush:
Over recent years Australia has experienced far more devastating bush fires than ever before.
The Black Saturday bush fires of 2009 saw 173 people lose their lives and thousands of homes and businesses destroyed. Fire has always been a part of the Australian history, but recent fires have been with so much more intensity and do incredibly more damage.
The increasing global temperatures have exacerbated the intensity of bush fires in Australia. It has been calculated by NASA that the incidence of bush fires in Australia has increased by 40% and is set to triple in the future.
Since then strict building regulations have come into place to ensure better safety for homes built in or near bush fire prone areas. This has meant an added cost and some people have chosen not to rebuild because they simply cannot afford the extra costs. Evidence for climate change is all around us manifesting in many different ways, but always with a huge impact on the people living in the areas being affected. There is therefore no question that climate change is real.
.This picture which was posted on Pinterest indicates the damage caused by those fires.
A really good site I came across concerning climate change in Australia is here : Climate change real
This clearly demonstrates the evidence of Climate Change across Australia over recent years.
The site was developed by the Australian Government in conjunction with the CSIRO and has some very up to date data on climate change in Australia and well worth taking a look at if you are interested in facts on climate change.
Floods of of unprecedented volumes and intensity:
Over recent times floods and damage from cyclones seem to have increased markedly in their volume, and intensity, causing more damage than ever before. This may well be because we have developed areas beyond a sustainable level so that the increased roof area ( catchment) exacerbates the amount of water being collected turning streets into fast flowing rivers and washing away everything in its path. The consequent damage then is magnified almost beyond belief.
Australia has always been a land of droughts and flooding rains but the massive loss of life of both people and livestock and the property damage seem to be increasing.
These photos were taken of the Queensland floods in 2011. The impact and devastation to property cannot be underestimated. The cost of disasters like this has a crippling effect on the economy.
Are these the consequence of climate change or are they the consequence of how we have altered our environment?
We are being encouraged on every front to reduce carbon emissions, to take care of our energy resources but I wonder whether most of the devastation could be avoided if we thought more about town planning, where urban areas are located and the provision for massive amounts of water to escape.
I do not question that we are seeing changes in our climate but there are a lot more factors at play than just human impact. The universe is huge, the earth is just a spot in the whole spectrum of things. Surely a few carbon emissions could escape into the beyond.. There are thousands of aeroplanes crossing our skies on a daily basis, where are all the fumes from aviation fuel going?
I wonder if some of the alarm over climate change is not being perpetrated by some multi national alternative energy companies who stand to make huge profits by promoting renewable energy solutions. Yes changes in climate are definitely taking place but why?
I have in a previous, post suggested weather manipulation may have something to answer for. To interfere with weather events causing them to be more extreme than they otherwise would have been creates a sense of fear and urgency and prepares the people to comply with another agenda not yet obvious.
Climate change is real, the effects of climate change is obvious but the facts of climate change are not so clear.
I want to know and I am sure you would like to know if it is us ordinary humans beings trying to live a relatively comfortable life on planet earth who are causing the dramatic changes we see in our climate globally or is it something far bigger than us.
Is it the multi nationals with an agenda to make huge amounts of money by creating such alarm and convincing us that we need all these alternative solutions for energy.
Is it war mongering governments with an agenda to experiment with weather manipulation to create havoc, reduce population, or control whole areas to their own advantage? I stated in another post that whoever can control the worlds climate can control the world. They do not need nuclear weapon? If they can create a drought or a hurricane or an earthquake they can achieve the same result without contamination by radioactivity.
Have your say
What do you think please leave your thoughts below? Do some research yourself and come back with your conclusions. I would love to hear others thoughts on these things.