I’ve had a lot of thinking time lately and here’s some of the results. Thoughts about covid-19, thoughts about the global political situation etc…
Nearly every day I get out and about and chat with people. Out this way, conversation usually turns to the weather, plants or animals.
Country folk tend to be an observant lot and for many of them, their livelihood depends on watching the weather.
This’ll be part 1 of a series of rambling, thoughtful, posts I’ll be writing on my perceptions of the social and cultural catastrophe that is global weirding. First, let me explain that I have adopted the term ‘global weirding’ to express my view of the climate emergency that is now beyond our capacity to fix and of the havoc it is wreaking on our world and world views. I consider it a more galvanizing term than ‘change’ and far more expressive of the events unravelling as we move into uncharted territory as a species. I think ‘weirding’ captures the essence of the non-linear changes that both our climate and our society are going through. It has been said that it’s almost like our reality is breaking down, fragmenting in fact and I agree, but more on the nature of the new realities in a later piece. In my musings, I’ve thought a lot about the scale of the problems and
In a developed ecosystem, even the predators are providers and energy is not lost, just converted. In this picture, the caterpillar eating our pear tree is providing nutrients for a sunflower. My needs are only secondary and the fact that I would prefer to eat pears than sunflowers is irrelevant. We gardeners have to learn our place in the ecosystems we develop. We are the conscious, guiding force, but there are others at play. Plants, pests, microbes, fungi and the whole gamut of life have been doing their thing since long before we got started and will do so long after we have gone. Successful gardening acknowledges this and the gardener attempts to guide their charges to a balance that he or she envisions. Nothing more, nothing less.