“...back of my neck gettin’ dirty and gritty…” A golden oldie about summer heat that came to mind as I, like everyone, tried to find relief from the 100 plus degree temps.
And how many discussions or arguments will you hear today and this weekend about whether “it’s always been hot in July” or whether “something’s happening here,” meaning the relentless summer heat, which has gripped the nation for days if not weeks is truly unusual.
Are these temps the new normal for summers to come? And if so, what does this mean and what do we do about it if anything? That was the question asked the other day during the morning broadcast of “On Point” on WBUR. A good listen if you’re in a cool place and want to learn more about the heat wave and climate change.
As for me, I’m persuaded both by the science and my thermostat and electric bill that we ARE NOW in a new global climate era, one that is going to mean profound change for all of us. How much of this climate change, or “global warming” is natural versus man-made? I don’t know, I’m not a climate scientist. But a lot of smart folks who are say that our gluttonous consumption of fossil fuels IS contributing to global warming and perhaps by a considerable amount.
This is why we need to do more to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels of all types. We need to conserve as families and we need to conserve as a community. This is why it is critical that Peabody move forward and join the growing ranks of Massachusetts cities and towns now designated as Green Communities. More to come on this in the days and weeks ahead.
Russ Eckel, Chairman of GreenPeabody