How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?


I am sharing this blog post from a fellow blogger and a great artist and photographer to the South of us, in Ecuador. We sometimes compare notes on issues like coastal erosion. Here are her thoughts ahead of the People’s Climate March tomorrow. And YES, Lisa – we have had lots of rain so far this year, but it has been a very hot spring in the Caribbean. I am dreading summer.

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P1190008 swim email‘If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.’ – Dr. Guy McPherson

Manabi Ecuador –  About eight years ago the climate on Ecuador’s coast seemed to be almost perfect.  I could work outside for hours and never feel over heated, yet the sun would burn my skin quite fast.    Many times in the night we needed long sleeves and/or jackets.

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Now it seems that the cloud forest, which I remembered being much cooler,  has the ideal temperatures, and the coastal weather – on a cloudless day – is stifling!

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Today I asked an older lady if she thought the coastal climate was warmer than in earlier years.   “Yes,” she said, “It is much hotter now.”

Why do you think it has changed?”  I asked.

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4 thoughts on “How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?

  1. Thanks for sharing. The obsessed profit-making elite, preventing us from moving full-speed ahead with action against climate change, appear incapable of seeing the obvious. Love may be blind, but greed kills all reason.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! It seems, from this vantage point, that people are becoming more proactive and are finding strength in numbers for standing up for what’s right. Our planet has so many problems, yet it is so worthy of our best efforts. Those who are suffering, who have no home, no country, no food — they also deserve so much more.

    A younger Ecuadorian friend and I were driving between the ocean/beach and town, which is about 5 kilometers. We passed one of the earthquake-relief ‘communities’ of monopoly-like casitas set in a grid alignment with little space between them.. all built on ‘lastre’ fill, and not a tree or sapling in sight.. just concrete shelters with tin roofs,and we wondered how hot they would be inside on a day as hot s today was. “Just thirty minutes with a shovel, and a bit of water every so often, and in two years they’d have shade…” I stated, and he added, “but look… many of them have direct tv dishes on their roofs…’

    I’ve been keeping one eye on the unstable weather in your area, Dominican Republic, etc. It’s probably too soon to be predicting what the hurricane season will do, but the early warmth doesn’t sound like a good start. Our own waters are so much warmer than norm, and it will be interesting to see what happens over the next six months… will it keep warming? if so, oh my we’d better buckle our seatbelts.

    Thanks again for your support, and for your tireless work,especially for those who have no voice…
    Lisa

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    1. Yes, when we talk about climate change we mustn’t forget that the ocean itself is warming and the tides and currents are changing. This frightens me… I agree with you though Lisa – I think people are becoming more aware here, too – fishermen, farmers are seeing the changes and the impact on their livelihoods, and figuring things out. But still there are so many short-sighted people who just see dollar signs and forget that nations are more than just “economies.” Actually we’ve already had one sub tropical storm, Arlene, this season. She stayed out in the Atlantic. Yes, let’s buckle our seatbelts! Take care, Emma

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