It's Official: the Globe is Warmer (According to Me)
I know it's warmer, not because the statistics, data, science, pundits and everyday experience say it is, but because I bought an air conditioner. I, who at 60 years of age have resisted this for so long. And who, like many others, have stopped living in denial.
The thing is, my apartment seems to concentrate the heat, making it much hotter than outside. Could I have moved to another apartment? I moved two years ago. How about another country? Continent? Done that.
I started off in South Africa and left 3 times, when things got too "hot." In Lesotho, long ago, my father, also a frugal man, held off on buying a refrigerator as long as he could. I am in icy Canada now, where the park is melting. I work in health-care where the wisdom is - "stay cool". So now I own something I always thought I could do without. The box that the air conditioner came in says it is Energy Star, and that the refrigerant is Eco-Friendly. Does that make it OK?
So here we are, admitting defeat, selling out, compromising and swapping the principle of conservation for the principle of not boiling alive. In my way, I have tried and tried not to reach this point. It must be the progress trap.
Maybe a miracle will occur and folks will see the woods from the trees and the light from the heat. But do you know what the worst part is? I bought the air conditioner on credit from ... Future Shop.
"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."