Well, my magnolia tree is blooming. My daffodils are up. The tulips are a foot high. The lilacs are budding. The apple tree is coming to life and the wild roses are as green as can be. It's March 20, 2012. Like many Wisconsinites, I am relishing in our two months ahead of schedule spring. Temperatures have been inching toward 80 degrees for two weeks in a row. We've broken all kinds of weather records.
I love this early respite from the winter that failed to materialize here in Wisconsin this year. But, I am afraid what all this might mean. The scientists say that we will reach a tipping point wherein global warming cannot be reversed. So does all this early life mean our planet is facing certain death? The right wing would have you believe otherwise, because to believe in global warming means that we must act right now. To act right now would be costly to multinational corporations, who, in fact, have contributed the most to the decline of nature here on earth.
Certainly, it would be easy to chalk up all these changes so noticeable here in Wisconsin to a fluke, a nice oddity, anything but the reality of global warming. But the reality of global warming seems to be upon us. The question is, what will we do about it? No one seems to know.