Leonardo da Vinci imagined a flying machine long before anyone thought it possible. The Declaration of Independence was debated and discussed and argued during a blistering hot summer in Philadelphia in 1776. How did those fine gentlemen keep cool in their waistcoats and wigs? Maybe they didn't wear the wigs. I bet they could not have imagined the cooling power of air conditioning. Or how humans would eventually affect the ecosystem on earth and its climate. Back in 1776, the country felt immense, with more than enough room for everyone, and no skyscrapers and parking lots, sidewalks and interstates that absorbed the heat and kept it going through nights and days.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Independence Day celebrations include lots of outdoor activities: parades and picnics, swimming, boating, and fireworks. The deluge of rains that we had this past spring has guaranteed a bumper crop of mosquitoes, gnats, and other creepy-crawlies. I've been seeing bees lately, too. The perfect guests to join you for your picnic. Unless...the heat keeps them all away. I bet the predominant visual on TV news tomorrow evening will be people in pools, at the beach or running through fountains and open fire hydrants. I'll be staying inside for most of the day, cool and comfortable with my AC running.
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I think the Founding Fathers might look at us today and wonder what had happened to our common sense (especially Ben Franklin). How could there not be an effect to the ecosystem and climate from human activity? Even my grandmother would agree that global warming is real. Especially with the weather changes during the last 10 years. What rules in Washington, D.C.? Congress or Inertia? Congress or corporations? Scientists want to help. What would the Founding Fathers do? And is it too late to stop the momentum of global warming?
I know what my grandmother would do. Stay cool, everyone....