The Dutch are famous for their dikes. Hundreds of years ago a decision was made to keep the sea out. It was a remarkable decision because, in a way, it would have been easier to move to a better less dangerous place. But the Dutch did it anyway. WHY? Because they knew they could! Men are capable of so many things, history has shown that time and again. Climate change can be dealt with. WHY? BECAUSE WE CAN!
In 2011 I went to San Francisco to meet #AlGore for a 4-day climate Leadership Summit.
A 1000 people were invited to learn about climate change and to become involved as Climate Leader. In those 4 days I met engaged people from all over the world. People from rural areas in Africa to doctors from New York City.
One of the things that struck me during Al Gore’s explanation of what climate change is, was the fact that we will not just have a heating up of the earth.
One of the most significant changes that will occur is that the seasons will dramatically change. Rainfall, for example, will intensify to a sometimes destructive level. And these periods of rain will be short and intense. Periods of droughts will elongate. It will be difficult to manage crops. Areas normally blessed with a steady stream of rain like for example, The Netherlands, will experience more and more drought.
Al Gore showed us very specifically what the science predicts. Because all of these changes are logical and when you apply basic statistics it is relatively easy to understand how one leads to the other.
As a mental coach I speak to a lot of people and last year a farmer contacted me. He had a severe burnout and needed some guidance in his recovery. When I informed about how his burnout came about, he told me that he never ever experienced the severity of the drought he experienced then. Never before water was rationed in The Netherlands and now it was. He hardly slept, because to save his crop he had to get up every couple of hours with his wife to water the fields. This went on for months till he was so exhausted he could not anymore.
This year a similar weather pattern is emerging in the Netherlands. One thing we the Dutch could have never anticipated is, a SHORTAGE OF WATER.
Dear all don’t think this is a fluke in the weather. All of Al Gores ‘predictions’ have come true. From increased fires in California, Australia and other places to intense flooding in many parts of the world and the melting of ice, and much more.
The impact of these changes will grow stronger and bigger. This is not a time for fear or complacency, this is a time of determined action to create a future we can all belong to.
Why? BECAUSE WE CAN!