A few years ago, the term 'extreme weather events' became part of our daily jargon. In hindsight, it seems like it all happened overnight, but in reality there has been a long gradual shift towards climate change and the worldwide repercussions that accompany it.
Many of us in the UK will be waking to another very cool, grey, autumnal feeling day. Here on our small island which is governed by fast moving weather patterns, unpredictable weather has always been par for the course. Ever since I can remember, the term four seasons in a day has been applied to the British climate. However, having said that, we only have to listen to the plight of farmers and observe the confusion of wildlife and plant form here and around the globe, to see that we have entered a new phase.
In observing our world, we see the beauty and symmetry in nature.
With the advent of the industrial revolution, we humans began to lose our connectedness with the natural world and at the same time we began to exploit the earth. We forgot our true place in the web of life.
I took this image on South Bank, London about three years ago, when we were experiencing a very hot period. I love the way water attracts we humans.
Another balmy summers day two years ago in a friends garden.
We are at a crossroad. In this instance the direction we take is of the utmost importance. We can bury our collective heads in the sand, or we can come together as an interconnected, interdependent human species and build a new relationship with our Earth and the Universe.
A new way of thinking and behaving is beginning to emerge, however, real change can only be made if we work together as a worldwide human coalition, no matter what nationality or creed.
Enjoying the sunshine on Brighton Pier this time three years ago.
Our bodies tell us so much. I was talking with a group on Monday evening who agreed that given the prolonged unseasonably cold weather we are experiencing in the UK, a sense of needing to hibernate is being experienced!
Of course, the sun will shine again, when we will sit in our gardens enjoying the sounds and sights of nature.....but when that happens, let's not be lulled into a sense of false security.
I can feel the warmth of the sun in this image.
'As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions. Al Gore.
May the hummingbirds be with you all in the week ahead.