While I waited in line at the feed store yesterday, the clerk said to the woman in front of me, “Have a great day and enjoy this beautiful weather.”
“Isn’t it wonderful?” said the woman. “I’ll be happy if this is how it is all winter.”
I smiled to myself. I wouldn’t complain either if we had cool nights (no lower than -5 degrees Celsius) and mild days (between 5 and 10 degrees) all winter instead of -20 and snow to shovel. Our oil and electric bill would be considerably less. Tending to the animals would be easier, and accidents due to storm conditions would be considerably fewer.
Like me, this woman at the feed store supports climate change if this means milder winters. However, I know we’re not meant for milder winters. We’re still living in a partial ice age, and things are going to get considerably cooler here in Nova Scotia over the coming years.
I didn’t always dread a cooler temperature. In the 1970s, when reports on the news claimed we were entering a new ice age, inwardly, I rejoiced. I was a kid and loved winter. I was thinking of all the snow forts I could build, larger than the ones I was already building with the usual four feet of snow we had on the ground. I thrived in winter activities and spent my days skating, building snowmen, tobogganing and ski-dooing.Continue reading