Well, yes, now that you mention it, I do miss David Bowie. Rather a lot. But this week it’s some other changes that I have in mind: time change, and climate change. And I’m feeling pretty negative about both of them.
I was honored to officiate at a beautiful wedding on Friday afternoon. Do you remember what it was like? A perfect day after a foggy start, brilliant blue sky, everyone walking around in shorts and t-shirts. The wedding guests were all from Texas and were commenting on how Cape Cod isn’t all that bad in the winter, after all, and why couldn’t they take a trolley ride and a pedicab ride and… Right. Hang on: by this time of year we’ve usually started wearing our long underwear and are tired of the howling wind!
But not this year. And, sure, it’s enjoyable. I’d be the last person to say it isn’t lovely. But it’s a little like a perfect pudding that you know has a sliver of glass in it. You can enjoy eating it, but it just might kill you.
The Canadians know it. They’re our partners in combating climate change, and on top of the president’s other myriad egregious moves, here’s what CBC reported on who he sent to the table:
Kelly Craft, who took up her position Monday, told the CBC’s Rosemary Barton she appreciated all of the scientific evidence on climate change. “I think that both sides have their own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science,” Craft told Barton.
Both sides of the science? Isn’t that kind of the point about science—that there aren’t sides? But never mind: Craft is the latest in a string of appointments of Clearly Incompetent People that’s become one of the current administration’s hallmarks. And there isn’t a lot we can do about it other than cringe.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things that we can do. One of the contributors to climate change (and also, not irrelevant to us living here at Land’s End, a major danger to marine life) is the manufacture, and proliferation, of plastic. I am amazed as I go around the Outer Cape at the widespread use—just to take one example—of single-serving bottles of water. People, what are you thinking? Have you seen the photographs of the football-fields of plastic in the ocean? Have you considered what it means to be constantly drinking out of something made from fossil fuels and God only knows how many chemicals? You can’t buy a decent water bottle and fill the damned thing yourself? You have to go and buy these packages of plastic bottles—that are themselves wrapped in still more plastic? Plastic is a killer on a whole lot of levels and we act like we can’t get through the day without it.
When we talk about changing, philosophers and self-help gurus will all tell us that we have to start with ourselves. The change doesn’t have to be monumental. You don’t have to go out and buy a Prius. You don’t need to go live off the grid. A small change can make a big difference. Buy a water bottle. Don’t leave your truck or car running when you run in to Cumberland Farms or the post office.
Because if you’ve been liking this mild autumn, stay tuned: in the immortal words of Game of Thrones, winter is coming—and if you think we’re going to be spared the extreme weather events we’ve been seeing elsewhere over the past few months, then I have this great bridge I’d just love to sell you.
So that’s what I have to say about climate change. Oh, and the time change from Daylight Saving (please note, no “s”) Time to Standard Time?
I hate it.