Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sweaty Eyeballs!

I remember camping when I was younger, something always told me to wake up before it got hot.  Sometimes before the sun was even close to waking up.  That way we were comfortable and not stuck in a tent in the blistering heat.

Lately, I have been waking up with my eyes sweating.  I'm not sure if that's how I should explain it.  They feel puffy, swollen & it's hard to see.  I have a hard time keeping them open and blink often.  I say, 'my eyeballs are sweating' and no one seems to respond.  Is it because I've also gone deaf? or is it because they don't know what I'm talking about?

Yesterday in Ontario, it was 38 degrees.  Some days lately the air is so thick I find it hard to if my lungs are trying to filter a thick cream.  I don't remember it ever being this hot when I was young.  I grew up in New Brunswick.  Sweetie says he does remember it being this hot.  He grew up in Montreal.

Is it possible that it is getting hotter?  People keep talking about Global Warming and the authority figures would like us to believe it is a hoax of some sort.  So I decided to do a bit of research myself.  And here's what I found.

The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 57.8 degrees.  That was in Africa, but it was in 1922.  The highest record in Canada was 45 degrees in Saskatchewan.  And that was in July of 1937.
(Wikipedia World Record Temperatures)
 If those are the hottest temperatures recorded for the areas and we're in the middle of a Global Warming...why were they so long ago?  Shouldn't they be getting gradually hotter now?

I think the real issue here is that it has been getting hotter, for quite some time now.  Over a much larger scale and long before we were able to record such facts.  Although some would argue that we're causing it by all the pollution & so-called 'progress'....I believe that the warming of the Earth would be happening whether we were here or not.  But I also believe that we are speeding it up.  Or perhaps we as a population, are just becoming more aware of the situation.  If you would like to learn more about this theory, please watch 'An Inconvenient Truth' from Al Gore.  It's a documentary that is entertaining in a frightening sort of way.

I will admit that most times when confronted with these types of scenarios, end-of-the-world movies and breaking news...I feel extremely overwhelmed & discouraged.  Yes I want to help.  Yes I want to save the world, if it's at all possible.  But how can I do it alone?  And how could I possibly get everyone else on board?

The important thing we can learn from watching these movies and documentaries is the little things we CAN do that will make a difference.  If everyone made some small changes, it could literally mean the world to all of us.  It isn't always easy.  We tried to stop using plastic bags.  I approached the grocery stores to see if we could use re-usable rubbermaid containers to get our bulk items.  This would eliminate a large amount of packaging for our food.  But many stores refused.  They said there were health issues.  The one store that allowed it, even encouraged it, was Foodsmiths in Perth, ON.  We like to indulge in Iced Capps from Tim Horton's once in awhile for a treat.  But our local recycling organization does not allow those cups.  Not wanting to give up our treat, we decided to buy re-usable double walled insulated cup with covers & built-in straws available at Canadian Tire.  I checked ahead of time to make sure they would allow us to get our Iced Capps in these cups.   I was ecstatic.  However, they still used their plastic cups to make the drink, then poured them into our cups.  And proceeded to throw out the plastic cups that we were trying to eliminate the need for.
We have bought an ample supply of cloth shopping bags...and even remember to bring them with us to the store now regularly!  We try to buy our groceries with the least amount of packaging possible.  And when we can't avoid it, we do try to come up with another way to use it afterwards.  We recycle as much as we can and try to keep our garbage to a minimum.  We try not to use the air conditioner unless we absolutely need it.  We grow our own vegetables & fruit and try to have at least 2 or 3 reasons to go to town before we use the fuel.  I'm sure we could do more...and we are trying to implement a smaller footprint in baby steps.

For now, with the extreme heat wave I try to make sure that myself and everyone around me drink plenty of fresh clean water.  We don't avoid being in the sun, but we do try and limit our direct sunlight time.  Stay in the shade as much as possible.  If you can, plan your outdoor activities in the morning or evening.  Try to avoid being outside between 12:00 noon and 4:00pm.  That's my guideline.  Try and keep your pets safe & comfortable by having fresh water & shade available to them at all times.

Oh and I almost forgot...try to get up as early as you can to prevent sweaty eyeballs.
It is known to cause extreme crankiness.  At least it does in our house.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Follow me into greener pastures....

Follow me across the great divide...
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