SimplyTim asked me to post the link to the projected migrating climate.
Migrating Climates is an animation which shows the migrating temperatures for the great lakes region. http://www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glimpactmigrating.html
Precipitation is expected to change and the temperature is expected to increase. Some areas may be wetter than "normal" and other areas will be drier. There are expected to be bigger and more massive storms and even flooding (and then increased evaporation).
This site: http://www.climatechoices.org/ne/ has similar information for the northeastern U.S. and this http://www.climatechoices.org/ca/index.html is for California.
These are the projected changes in the next 30-100 years. Some of these changes will affect my life, but they certainly will affect the lives of my children and their children. Think about the scenes of starvation we have seen in other countries. That may be us in 50 years. We have been a country of overabundance. What happens when even basic food necessities cannot be met because of climate?
Obviously, there are a lot of changes that are happening and/or projected to happen. I have read in numerous places that we really only have 10-15 years left to make a change. After that, it may be too late. I look outside the window in my Minnesota house and instead of a pile of snow I see bright green grass. It appears to be spring instead of the middle of winter. Changes are happening.
My last post was about what each of us could do - how we could move past compact florescent light bulbs. Now, how can we teach others to do the same?
We have to realize that our government is slow to act and that many people will not make changes until it is mandated. Many other people are unaware of the problem. We can teach by example, we can do as Carolyn is doing and giving random gifts. Carolyn is randomly giving out compact florescent light bulbs in an effort to help people become aware of the problem and some solutions. I hear of others who are giving gifts of an Inconvenient Truth book or DVD. I have been having my students do research and then create posters. My friend Tracey stopped by the other day and we spoke about planting the seed. Sometimes we need to state something and then say it again and again.
How are you going to plant the seed?