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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLE: Hope and Winter Wheat

In our part of the world, where the full impacts of climate change are not yet apparent, there seem to be three viewpoints about climate change. There are the Deniers, the Doubters and the Do-ers.
The Deniers do not believe that climate change is happening, nor that it is humanly induced.
The Doubters, in spite of the name, know that that climate change is real and happening. But it is such an overwhelming reality that they doubt that they can do anything about it.

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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES 15b: Climate Change and Our Communication Problem

Several years ago George Marshall wrote an excellent book called: Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Reject Climate Change. It is about overcoming the difficult problems in communicating about climate change.
As Marshall talked about what not to do I thought of a favourite New Yorker cartoon. It shows the Grim Reaper knocking on the door of an apartment. A man opens the door, sees the Reaper and gets a terrified look on his face. The Reaper is handing him a note and says, “Now don’t freak out. This is just a save the date notice.”

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COMOX VALLEY CLIMATE CHANGE CHRONICLES 15a: The Milkman’s Horse

My brothers and I grew up in the mid-1940s in a wonderful neighbourhood in East Toronto. Across the street was Withrow Park, a large (at least for us small kids) wonderland and we explored every inch of it.
In the winter there was a skating rink directly across the street. At night we could see reflections of the flood lights on the ceiling of our bedroom and hear the music. At the bottom of the park we would watch grown men in short pants speaking a strange language and running around kicking a white soccer ball. We thought it was a silly game that couldn’t hold a candle to hockey.
But our great fascination in the neighbourhood was the milkman’s horse.

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