I’ve written about Norman Borlaug often. (Here’s but one example.) Back when I was younger, he was advocating for what we now call the Green Revolution. And, while Borlaug was promoting methods to increase agricultural yields world-wide, there was a competing voice, that of William Vogt.
This post was written long before The Donald elected to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. (That accord is officially entitled the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. I italicized ‘framework’ to ensure y’all recognize this is but a suggestion to preserve the world in which we live- not a series of regulations governing our lives.) Everything in the post below still applies. Except now, the warnings are probably more dire.
Earth Day. April 22. I remember the first one, way back in 1970, when I was working for an environmental regulatory authority (my one stint working for the government). Now the celebration is held around the world (some 193 countries and growing).
Welcome to 5777. That’s the year, according to Jewish Tradition. We’ve just finished Sukot, one of the 3 Festivals delineated in the Tora (the others are Pesach [Passover] and Shvuot [Pentecost]), a time of joy and celebration. The past two holidays of this month were called Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur)- in other words, they were holy days and not holidays.
I have always loved temperatures that breached the lower end of what most would consider comfortable. It’s one of the reasons why living in Cambridge (MA) and Ann Arbor (MI) was a pleasure for me. And, maybe this would be a great time to remind you (in case you forgot) that I don’t own a winter coat. Oh, wait. I don’t own any coats. I simply don’t wear any. Because it’s really never been too cold to need such an outfit.