It’s been rainy this summer in the large city where I live. The rainiest 24 hour period in recorded history happened not too long ago, and the rainiest July was just completed. All of those melting glaciers seem to have made their way into the rain system, or whatever the right word for it is.
But, as always, there’s another side to this story. For as rainy as it’s been in my little corner of the world, it’s been dry (and hot) in Texas. The picture above brings that into focus like no words ever could. The man in the picture should be under several feet of water. Instead, he’s standing on the dried up bed of a 5400 acre lake that’s nearly all gone. And this isn’t someplace on the other side of the world, either. It’s right here in the U.S. of A. I could drive to this place if I wanted to, but knowing what it’s like there, I’ll take a pass.
This hurts all of us. Yes, the crops in Texas can’t grow, and the livestock can’t actually live, and there isn’t enough A/C to change the fact that you can’t go outside for very long in those conditions. But on a biological level, the fish that once lived in this lake, and all of the microbial stuff that we can’t observe with our own eyes, have just gone away. Forever.
Let’s say it storms like crazy in Texas for a week. It’s my fantasy, so just work with me. If the lake water is even partially restored, does that mean all of the life that depended on the lake will return too? No, that stuff can’t just fall out of the sky. And rainwater alone won’t repair the livelihoods that have been lost when the rain decided to stop falling in Texas. I can’t divert my extra rainwater down that way, either.
Trouble is brewing for those of us on this planet. It’s easier for the people in Texas to see that than it is for me, but the ecological ripple effect of all the screwy weather we’re having seems crystal clear to me. Are these the End Times, like some people seem to be foretelling? No, I don’t believe in that. But I do know that our planet, like this former lake in Texas, are being changed beyond all recognition.