I’m glad the weather’s calm. When I can see white horses from my bedroom window which appear bigger than the sea wall it’s a bit alarming. This morning the tide looks like the proverbial mill pond.
It’s a bit of a September ritual to walk to the sea bank that separates the marsh from the fields to see some of the highest tides of the year. The miles of marshland which I walk upon, purple with sea lavender during the summer, gets completely submerged.
Currently it’s smooth and bright and very calming, dotted with birds floating and flying. Unlike last winter when a combination of elements brought the tidal surge up so high it breached the wall and flooded the farmland and local town. Luckily our house which sits next to it was spared.
The seeping tide looks deceptively harmless on misty mornings like this. The reality is that we cannot take it for granted. And when you live in close proximity to the natural world you’re very aware of how things can so easily change. And very aware that the climate has already changed and everyone needs to sit up and take note, not only those who are in direct contact with it.
Of course, when you live in cities, conveniently tucked aware from contact and the immediacy of threats like the tide, you tend not to worry about it.
Yet, ironically, it is the cities which make the largest contribution to the pollution which is causing the damage.
So I would ask that today you make some small adjustment in your lifestyle habits so that you reduce your pollution and waste, you throw-away and buy less, thus helping to reduce the chances of the climate changing so much that people who live in direct contact with it like me are less likely to be submerged.
Not forgetting that your habits will become the habits that your children adopt and ultimately determine the world they live in.
Surely this understanding is an essential part of the education and responsibility of all of us?