Will summer ever come?

By Ken Waddell

That must be the question on the minds of farmers these days. It’s been a cold, wet, late spring in parts of the country. While some areas in southwestern Manitoba have been quite dry, there are parts of the area where farmers still can’t get on the fields. Then, this week, there was frost. It’s also been cold all spring.
Sure glad we are suffering from global warming.

I listened to a scientist on CBC a few weeks ago and he said much of what mankind does doesn’t have a lot of effect on the earth’s temperature. What I remember most about what he said is that once the earth starts to warm up (and it has at times and will again) there’s little man can do about it. Here’s one of the major reasons he put forward. Once the ice caps start to melt, the blue water absorbs more heat than ice reflects. The absorbed heat causes more ice to melt and thus more blue water is exposed to sunlight. It makes sense. Too bad some other scientists don’t make sense and most politicians and media people don’t either.

The most infuriating thing about the global warming debate is that Canada should somehow do something. While we should be good stewards of our resources, Canada could shut down all its industry and it would have almost no effect on the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted. A good volcano out produces Canada by a long shot. And China and Russia out produce Canada by an even greater margin.

The CBC quoted scientist addressed what must be done. He said what must be done is what was done in the past. Adapt. Only earlier generations had far less knowledge and technology with which to adapt. He predicted that farming may well move north as it has in the past. Greenland may become greener again as it has in the past. The arid regions of the world will become less inhabitable. There will be huge demands on irrigation water and electric power. When all is said and done, mankind will adapt, or as he says has happened in the past, many people will die or less will be born as population dwindles in certain areas. And this could all happen over many decades or even many centuries.

So what does all this mean to us.
It means we adapt on a daily basis.

The farmers who can’t get all their crop in on time this year will, as they have in the past, sow short season crops like Polish canola and millet and oats. When frost hits, they will re-seed, perhaps to another crop. As always, the crop yields in tonnage and dollars will likely not bring as much as farmers had hoped for. They rarely do. We non-farmers will also adapt. We already have. Very few people live in as poorly heated or insulated houses as we did as children. As a child on the farm, I had no idea what insulation was. I knew what a big wood pile was but not insulation, and that’s only five decades ago. Cars, homes, machinery, life styles will all change. They have to as circumstances change.

But certain things stay the same. God hasn’t changed and he still loves us. People really haven’t changed, some are good, some not so good and we all fall short of God’s ideals. But that’s a whole different topic. A more important one than global warming, but a different one.

It doesn’t matter whether we are farmers, business people, retired or professional people, we all adapt. We do so every day in ways that we don’t even notice until we take time to reflect.

Perhaps that’s the most important thing. That we do take time to reflect and then we will come to an important conclusion.

That conclusion will likely be that faith, family and friends are more important than anything else. And the order is important to note. Faith, family and friends. The order is not only logical, it’s set in motion by God Himself.

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