I left behind the worst monsoon season on record that wreaked total havoc in northern India in the early summer and resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands lives and washed away homes, highways, and hilltops. Within a few months of coming home the worst ice storm in 30 some years hit southern Ontario and cut down trees and power lines, leaving over 300,000 in Toronto in the darkness over the holiday season. Weather is not just in the news – it is the news.
I’m thinking back about 10 years and recall the horrific 2004 tsunami that wiped out lands and people in the southern hemisphere – Indonesia, Thailand, parts of India and Sri Lanka. And the equally destructive Katrina which turned New Orleans into the worst disaster zone on this side of the globe. Since then these disasters seem to have become more frequent and maybe just too commonplace. But we still don’t know how to handle or prepare for them, do we?
Yes, what indeed is it with this weather? I just don’t think we have the answers we need. Are we really told enough to know enough about what this all means…not by a long shot! Not that I believe in conspiracy theories or am an alarmist, but don’t we all need to know more about the devastating climate changes? What if anything do our governments – at any level – plan to do to protect us better on the one hand, and on the other, provide the relief and support when the disaster strikes?