In my garden spring has definatly spung, here are my daylillies sprouting already.
Will this mean a hot tropical summer? According to the UK Met office, yes it will, due to global warming coupled with an El Nino effect. But what will this mean for the environment? and if this a going to continue should we not start to prepare for a hotter environment? change our perception of the British summertime? even reviewing the growing seasons? Most importantly, now is the time to start to plan for a hotter summer than last year, to collect as much water as possible, while there is still some rain in the air. Last year was the first year that my water barrels ran dry in eight years.
I must admit though part of me is pleased I’ve hardly had the heating on, saving me money and even though last summer was sometimes a little too hot, there was part of me that felt it made up for all the wet caravan holidays I went on as a child. I think that for England the talk of global warming falls on deaf ears, we are so used to rain showers and miserable summers that the thought of it being hotter is a blessing. However the reality is that this country is not prepared or designed for this sort of hot weather, our homes for example are designed to be warmer in the winter not cooler in the summer, we still treat a hot day as a blessing a chance to get out and have a good time. It’s still only mad dogs and English men, that go out in the mid day sun.
Are we going to see the streets empty at mid-day as we all take siestas and people start to cover up in the sun to aviod skin cancer? Will we see school hours change in the summer so that our kids are not outside at mid-day? No we are going to see beaches full of red day trippers filling up the emergency rooms, hose pipe bans and old people dying of sun stroke. We are not prepared, we still can’t believe that this country can achieve those temperatures, this is why for many people sun tan lotion only comes out for two weeks a year and the rest of the time stays in the suitcase.
The education needs to available now while we have time to prepare, not in July when it’s too late.